Cornwall Living 2018

Love inspires art

Inspiration for creativity can take many forms. We reveal the different passions that drive three budding new artists.

Given that art imitates life, it’s not surprising that creative work can reflect a diversity of subjects and encompass a plethora of creative media. None more so than with up-and-coming artists Lisa Harker, Emma Joyce and Hannah Singleton.

Originally from Yorkshire and now living in Cornwall, fine artist Lisa Harker, who admits she never wants to leave the Duchy, creates individual, unique pieces of art and furniture with a love theme and an environmental ethos.

Lisa recently launched her own gallery, Lisa Harker Quirky Art, in Truro following a storm of interest in her work after she appeared in a national women’s magazine. Not only a talented artist, Lisa also appears to have matchmaking qualities as she explains. “Most of my artwork depicts love, but every time I do a painting for someone they find love.”

Love of the Cornish coast and the rugged patterns of life under the ocean is the muse for silversmith and jewellery designer Hannah Singleton’s work.

“Living among this beautiful rural setting I found a comfort spot for creativity,” shares Hannah, who creates precious metal treasures from sheet silver using traditional techniques. “I wanted to bring people joy from handmade, treasurable and meaningful gifts.”

Reflecting her passion for Cornwall, Emma Joyce creates bespoke enamel art and jewellery from her home studio in Penzance. A fine art textiles graduate, selecting inexpensive materials to produce her work is particularly important for Emma.

One muse that all three artists have in common is the support they received from business start-up experts, Outset Cornwall. “Outset has some phenomenal people,” praises Lisa. But, as Hannah shares, Outset’s help extends beyond the practical support in helping people get a business together. “They have helped me to be confident and shine in all that I do.”


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