Interview with Maureen Sparling
Our January King Cabbage puzzle has been a real success. This stunning jigsaw, shaped like a cabbage is based on a piece by artist Maureen Sparling, who we interviewed about her work.
What inspired you to become an artist?
I have always loved drawing and painting. I remember winning first prize in a school competition when I was five. I am inspired on a daily basis as I walk out in the beautiful Cotswold countryside where I live. I love to be totally absorbed in painting the minutia of nature, particularly the texture and colours of petals and leaves, capturing in watercolour details often overlooked in everyday life.
What materials do you use to create your artwork?
My botanical work is created mainly in watercolours which I find lend themselves to the sensitivity of natural colour and form in fine detail by gradually building up tones.
How do you feel about seeing your image on a Wentworth Puzzle? Does it seem strange to see your work adapted in this way?
I am delighted to see my January King Cabbage painting made into a puzzle. It makes a great quirky shape with its whimsy garden cut-outs.
Do you do puzzles yourself?
I have been known to have a difficult puzzle on the go and keep going back to it over several days or weeks to add a piece or two or maybe a whole section if I’m lucky but hate breaking them up to put away after completion. I’m looking forward to having a go at the January King!