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Charlotte began drawing when she was little, usually to try and make her brother and sisters laugh. She took most of her inspiration from cartoons and children’s books, but always worried they were never good enough. She would get frustrated because she couldn’t colour inside the lines like her big sister or draw Homer Simpson accurately. Fast forward to 2015 and she still can’t colour inside the lines but is learning to embrace imperfection, (Her Homer’s still look weird). Charlotte says that drawing is something that everyone can and should do, if for no other reason than just to use your hands, eyes and heart. It can be funny, sad, ugly, cute, personal or public – it’s your world and so there’s no such thing as ‘good’ or ‘bad.’
Fast forward to 2015 and she still can’t colour inside the lines but is learning to embrace imperfection, (Her Homer’s still look weird).
How does drawing make you feel?
Drawing has always been an exciting but hard process. I have stopped for years at a time for fear of failure, laziness or being too busy. But I have decided to ditch striving for perfection and just focus on having fun. My style has always been a bit ‘off’ and rough which is okay because my main reason for drawing is because I love making people laugh.
How much is your art about you and how much is it about others?
I’ve had a love / hate relationship with art for the last few years and have been trying to find out how it fits in with my life. Right now I want to pursue art as a therapeutic tool to help others, I want everyone to be creative in one way or another, because – simply put – I believe it makes us feel better, and helps us understand the world and our place in it.
Being the youngest in your family, what was it like when you brothers and sisters left home?
It was the worst! My heart always felt broken each time they would leave. But it taught me how to be happy in my own company and not constantly need entertainment, and to be able to dance in my bedroom without fear of being busted!
But it taught me how to be happy in my own company and not constantly need entertainment, and to be able to dance in my bedroom without fear of being busted!
And what music are you dancing to now?
Anything and everything! But here’s a few amazing female musicians that I’ve been admiring lately:
When you think back to being a teenager, what do you remember most fondly?
Probably holidays with my Dad and sister Jessica. We would play gin rummy every night. We had lots of silly in-jokes. I thought it was so uncool at the time so it’s funny to think that these are now some of my happiest memories!