IN CONvERsATION WITH
THE COMPLEAT ARTIST
"If I close the shop tomorrow I would have still have won because the knowledge and growth of knowledge has been so good.”
Over the past two and a half years in The Compleat Artist has established its self as a shop of quality art products, styled in an old fashioned way.
Owner Pierre was born in Tokyo, but grew up in Brockenhurst in the New Forest before moving to Salisbury to study.
While studying on an art foundation course Pierre came across a book called Sight-Size Method by Nicholas Beer, who runs The Sarum Studio, an independent fine art school in Salisbury. He immediately signed up to study at the school to focus on his love of oil painting and the Sight-Size method, with a plan to study for 6 years.
But lockdown was to take Pierre in a slightly different direction!
Founder and coordinator of the
THE WYLYE VALLEY ART TRAIL (WVAT)
"Wylye Valley Art Trail - once a description of where it is, now a description of what it is"
This week I visited Nick Andrew at his Bull Mill Studio in Crockerton, near Warminster to find out about the WVAT and his continued dedication to making it the well established and much loved arts event it has become.
For our chat we sat in his cARTshed,, next door to Bull Mill Studio. Nick explained that it is used as an art mentoring and exhibition space. During WVAT it becomes a café run by Tanya - fellow artist and Nick’s partner - serving cakes and refreshment.
“We called it the cARTshed because I built it on the footprint of an old open-fronted shed where carts would be stored”. Now it’s a lovely space and the perfect place for us to talk.