• Liam Carroll

Local Artist: Ingrid Haughton

Updated: Feb 14

Introducing Avalon's animal lover and our very first cover artist, Ingrid Haughton.

Ingrid in the studio

Do you exclusively wear horizontal striped shirts? No! But whenever I do, I always get a comment or two. “It’s an ironic deconstruction of a stool!” Haha!

What inspires your artwork? Mostly my love for all creatures great and small. The animals on our planet don’t have a voice and if I can paint or draw something that changes somebody’s perspective on a particular animal or nature in general, that makes me really happy.

How would you describe your art? Such a hard question! I suppose my art is contemporary. The majority of my work is acrylic on canvas, but I also dabble in pastels and some work on paper.

Did you study art? No. I hated art at school! (Ingrid is a qualified nurse and was in the operating theatre when I underwent knee surgery after unsuccessfully trying to keep up with her on the Shore Club dance floor!)

Issue 1, December 2020

How did you discover you had a gift for art? I’ve been a drawer for as long as I can remember. Always sketching horses!! I didn’t start painting till I was about 30 and I’m learning every day. I’m 100% sure I am still on that path to finding what I’m meant to be creating.

What else are you working on at the moment? A really big portrait and a really big line up of cattle! Away from painting, I’m slowly, slowly working on a children’s book.

How does being an amazing singer affect your art? Well, it’s a blessing and a curse haha! (Ingrid not only has the magic brush in her hands, she’s got pipes like Aretha Franklin).

What’s your favourite thing about what you do? Being alone and in my element! My worries, anxieties slip away when I’m creating.

Where’s your favourite place to eat and drink? I know everyone thinks their local Italian is the best, but they’re wrong, I’m right, Avalon’s Pizzico Italiano is the best ever.

What’s the best thing about the Northern Beaches? Being away from the hustle and bustle of the city, and the smell of the salt water.

If you had to live anywhere else in the world, where would that be? Coral Bay, Western Australia. It’s like something out of a dream.

Any words of wisdom for young, aspiring artists? Do what you love, experiment, make mistakes, enjoy the journey. It truly is a journey. I often find myself looking at other artists and thinking, I wish I could paint like that or my style was like that - but the path to finding what you’re meant to be doing includes noticing and looking and loving all the other art along the way.

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