What skills are essential to your job?
Planning. Maths. Admin. Painting skills. Conceptual thinking. Communication skills.
Do you ever find yourself overwhelmed by work, and if so, how do you manage stress?
Yes. I have to make sure I take regular breaks and get enough sleep. Since having a child in 2016, it’s changed quite a lot because my general working week consists of being in the studio for just three days, unless I’ve got a particularly big project or I’m travelling. It’s harder work now, as I don’t get a break. When I’m not in the studio I’m with my son, and that’s a kind of 24/7 job – but it’s less stressful I think.
It’s a headache and I have to wear a lot of different hats, but I think it’s forced my work to slow down, and I have to take on fewer big jobs, rather than more little jobs. Sometimes I resent not being able to do everything I’d like to with my work, but it’s made it less stressful somehow, as I have no choice. Or rather, I’ve made the choice to prioritise time with my son, so I stick to that.