QUESTION & ANSWER WITH TONY SOUTH
Q: Why do I paint what I paint?
A: Hmmm, I guess I liken my themes to a clearing out of the loft or maybe a garage sale, a convergence of "mind garbage" collected over many years daydreaming.
Q: Are there any details that have an important significance in Britannia revisited
A: Yes, the Union Jack/flag and the Triumph motorcycle were once symbols of an industrious and thriving British empire.The monkey in the Britannia attire marks the devolution of these symbols and an ending of an era, for better or worse!
Q: What do you hope the viewer takes away from your work
A: A lighter wallet would be good...In all seriousness though, if the viewer walks away and remembers the painting weeks/months or years later then I couldn't ask for more.
Q: What is your dream project?
A: As a young man I used to dream of my drawings/ paintings adorning the album covers of my favourite rock bands, I remember sending stuff to Thin Lizzy etc when I was around 13/14 years old...to no avail though. Album covers were also a big inspiration for me starting out, holding artists Roger Dean, Jim FitzPTrick, Frazetta and Vallejo in high esteem.
Q: If you can see your work hanging in one museum/collection which would it be?
A: I don't mind really where my works hang, as long as the owners enjoy it and still get a kick from it.
BIOGRAPHY - Helen Crispino
Helen has spent the last several years establishing her reputation as a truly gifted contemporary fine artist. Hailing from Dalton, she received her primary education in the arts within Northeastern Pennsylvania including a Liberal Arts degree from Keystone College in Laplume and a degree in Painting and Illustration from Luzerne County Community College. Helen completed her training under the guidance of nationally renowned realist Anthony Waichulis.
Helen continues to exhibit nationally and her work is sought after by many knowledgeable collectors across the country. While she continues to appear in most major art publications regularly, Helen's work touched upon international acclaim with her top honors in the U.K. Wildscape's Wildlife Painter of the Year competition and she was awarded First Place in the Animal Category at the Art Renewal Center.