Valerie Brennan: Interview

Valerie Brennan, Unagi, oil and spray paint on Masonite, 180 x 150 cm, 2015 (cou
Valerie Brennan, Unagi, oil and spray paint on Masonite, 180 x 150 cm, 2015 (courtesy of the artist)

Yifat Gat interviews painter Valerie Brennan.

Brennan remarks: "I don’t think each painting is an isolated event, so I find myself starting with the last paintings I made in my mind, sometimes painting what I have done before, and to go forward, I must destroy that and let the new painting reveal itself. When I am not painting I am drawing, one feeds the other. Also I have learned to just stop and back off and do something else when things aren’t going well. It can be a real emotional rollercoaster when it’s not working. It is so disheartening, it amazes me just how bad the feeling can be, still after all these years. On the other hand, it is hard to beat the highs of painting, I think there is no greater pleasure than being surprised by your own work."