Artist Q&A - Dominique Salm

Artist Q&A - Dominique Salm

Where is the place you have found most inspirational as an artist?

Definitely Africa or more specifically Kenya. I have been very lucky to stay in a few lodges, but my favourite has been in Laikipia as you can spend hours watching the wildlife with no other vehicles or people in sight. One of my best moments was crawling on my belly to get near enough to the wild dogs that they surrounded us only a few feet away. 

Have you always been an artist?

I have always wanted to be an artist. I went to art school then, after a brief stint as a PA (definitely not for me), decided to really make a go of the art...but had to move back home to be able to afford it!

Do you have a favourite animal subject, why?

Not really. It depends more on the actual painting rather than the subject. I do like painting something new though and I LOVE spending my days taking photos and interacting with the animals. I had a great day photographing flamingos...who knew they regularly fart really loudly? I also recently got thoroughly sniffed and nibbled by a heard of curious cows. I came out reeking of silage but adored every minute! 

Who are your biggest artistic influences?

I don't really have any. For me, my love of animals and their character is more my influence. Having said that, I grew up opposite a wonderful artist called Barry O'Driscoll. I remember sneaking into his studio once and staring in awe at a recent gorilla painting he had done. 

What is your favourite medium and why are they your favourite?

Although I work mainly in watercolour, my favourite medium is probably pencil and murram (the Kenyan earth). I like using the earth as a sort of pastel and then adding the pencil definition. It makes the image feel more authentic too.   

Check out Dominique's collection of limited edition prints and original paintings on our online gallery.

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