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Question 9: What do you find inspiring as an artist?


What’s inspiring to me? Well I have a sense of humour: I really like looking at people and seeing how crazy they are. If you look at the movies Charlie Chaplin made, he really had understood something. You can look at one of his films that’s 40 years old and it’s like it was made yesterday morning, and the foolish things that people used to do then, well they’re still doing them today, you know. I like to think that I want to make people laugh. I’m not sure if that’s inspiration or not, but that’s about it. I remember when I had a show in Charlottetown and, out of the blue there were Japanese tourists, there was a busload of Japanese tourists who had come in by plane and they had come to the museum with an interpreter, and were looking at my paintings. I had done a painting of a woman who was breastfeeding two babies at the same time. This was Elizabeth Yeoman, who had had twins. They started to look, and they looked and didn’t quite understand, so when the interpreter translated the title, well they all burst out laughing. They didn’t know I was the artist. I found that so beautiful, that people found something to laugh at, because I like to think there is something funny underneath all of this.