To get an insight in to Jake Winkle’s painting life, gallery owner Jan enticed some arty answers from the man himself.

When did you start painting and what motivates you?

I started painting watercolours in 1993. I am motivated by their translucent quality, the richness of colour and the immediacy of bold application.

How would you describe your style?

My style is contemporary/impressionistic. I paint the world around me, and in particular, wildlife – but as artistic interpretations and not photographic copies.

What do you consider to be the best painting you’ve ever done?

My best painting is almost always the last one I have produced.

Do you find certain paper, paints or brushes make a big difference to how you paint?

I use Arches rough watercolour paper, as its absorbent quality is lovely to use. Brushes have to be finest quality sable to allow the most control over this difficult liquid medium, and I always use artist quality paints to ensure longevity in the finished work.

What has painting given back to you?

Painting has given me a spiritual and material release for my creative instincts, as well as a lovely way to earn a living. It is a lifestyle, not just a job.

What inspires your work?

I am inspired by shape, colour, mark making and movement. I like wildlife because it allows me to explore all of these qualities.

What are you currently working on?

I am currently working towards several major exhibitions. I am increasingly producing works at a larger size of full imperial, which results in the finished framed image being over a metre wide.

What can we expect from your exhibition at The Frame?

My exhibition will be full of joyful watercolours, mainly celebrating the diversity of wildlife. They will be full of colour and expressive mark making.

Jake’s exhibition is coming to The Frame in March. Check the dates here, and ensure that you make a note in your diary. This is one not to be missed! For more information on the exhibition, Jake or any other artist, call The Frame on 01256 701082.