David Carrington, Painter

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David Carrington is a 67 year-old ex-patriate Englishman, living on Gozo, where he retired after a career in advertising, in London and online. 

How did you get started?
I always knew I had it in me to paint but never expressed it until inspired by Gozo. The quality of the light here is a boon for artists. Plus, here there is an abundance of time!

What genre do you consider your work to be?

Describe your work in less than 10 words.
I capture accurately the beauty inherent in nature and people.

Where was your first exhibition held?
The Cittadella, Victoria, Gozo.

How long have you been practising your art?
10 years.

Which is your favourite from among your own artworks?
“The Homecoming”: a scene where fisherman are coming back to harbour after a day out at sea.

Whose artist’s work are you most inspired by?

If you weren’t an artist, what would you be?
A travel writer.

What is the epitome of happiness for you?
Seeing a painting come to life on canvas always causes a small frisson. Happiness goes hand-in-hand with satisfaction and that, in turn, comes from doing what’s in front of one – to the best of one’s ability.

What are you working on at the moment?
A Gozitan evening seascape.

Are you a morning person or do you come alive at night?
Definitely a morning person – but I do like doing nightscapes!

How many coffees a day? Don’t embellish.
Just two (then, plenty of wine).

Sundays can be very productive for some and very unproductive for others. How do you spend yours?
Sunday is a day of rest. Everyone needs a day off and that’s mine!

Wine and cheese. Yes or no?
Yes, please!

If you were given a million euros, what would you indulge yourself with?
A fully-equipped, spacious studio, north-facing, with top-light…and with a fully-stocked wine-cooler attached.

Favourite place to holiday?
We are blessed to be living already on an island where people pay to come on vacation…

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