People often ask me where I get my ideas from, so this short video shares the inspiration behind “Berkshire Pig with Chickens”, an acrylic painting on canvas.

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There is a transcription below the video should you prefer to read about it.

Video Transcription

I found this black pig and I thought what a fantastic black pig it was but then I thought how am I going to actually bring it to life and make it as spectacular as I think it is.

And then I thought I know exactly what I’ll do, I’ll paint it in the snow so that you have that dramatic contrast between the black and the white. And then I wanted to bring in other animals because I’ve always liked to paint combinations of animals and I thought I’ve got to have a hen sitting on the back of the black pig and then where am I going to get my colour?

So I thought I would paint the patchwork and the patchwork reminds me of farmhouses. It reminds me of early American wonderful designs. I just love patchwork and it was a wonderful way of introducing colour in a small scale.

Then I thought the background I want to play into the foreground, so the background is not complicated, it’s quite simple. The black and white hens definitely stand out but only in a way as a tribute to the wonderful brown hen sitting on the back of the pig.

I absolutely loved doing the painting because I loved both the black pig and the brown hen and the patchwork I think because I spend so much time with the painting and looking at what I’m painting and probably breathing life into the animal, I think I do feel close to the animals, the expression they have and would spend hours trying to achieve what I finally end up saying is a finished painting.