Charly Murray trained in painting at Leith School of Art and Life Drawing at Glasgow School of Art. Having been a graphic designer, she finds both disciplines overlap.
1. What is your favourite piece you've ever created
Every piece that I feel I've made some progress with; either I've realised something or discovered I can do something.
2. What is your proudest achievement as an artist/maker?
That I've made my own life as a graphic designer and a painter without any support - but with a lot of unexpected help from kind people.
3. How would you describe your style?
Evolving! But I spent six months at an early stage in my learning to paint, going to the National Library every day and discovering painters; the painters that I saw have stayed with me and affected what I produce.
4. What is your ultimate goal for your work?
That I can engage people with descriptions in paint of light and sweeping line.
5. What kind of things inspire you?
My mum was a painter, my dad a designer, my partner a photographer and two of my brothers studied graphic design - so I've been very lucky to be surrounded by design and painting all my life, and equally so to be born in Scotland which has unparalleled light and colour in its landscape.
6. How do you think the Scottish creative industry can move forward?
By being less driven by fashion and by continuing its links with other countries.
7. What customer do you have in mind when you design?
Myself in my painting.
8. Is the idea of creative collaboration important to you?
Yes, somebody like-minded whether a poet or painter or photographer can make me reach further.
9. What has been the greatest influence on your artistic career?
People: Cynthia Bowles, a great life drawing teacher at Glasgow School of Art and Mike Burgess my typography tutor at the London College of Printing and my brothers.
10. Which is more important in your work- the process or the product?
Well, both, you can't have a bad process to have an engaging product.
11. Is creating art difficult for you, and if so, what drives you to continue?
Yes and no; when the flows good I think 'this is easy and I'm an "artiste"' and when I'm tired or ill or grumpy I think 'what are you playing at, go out and and get a real job ...' but I continue chasing the perfect encapsulation.
12. Have you ever been particularly moved by the reaction to your designs?
I'm delighted by everyone who likes my paintings.
13. What is the most important lesson you've learned as an artist/maker?
To keep yourself open and to drink Lavazza.