Continuing our Love Goostrey Asks series, celebrating local people doing fantastic things, this week we spoke to Sam Baguley, a local artist, who told us all about the inspirations for her art and what she loves about living in Goostrey.
How long have you lived in Goostrey?
I’ve been here since 2007. My mum was born in Middlewich, and also lived in Goostrey until last year when she crossed the border into Cranage.
What do you love about Goostrey?
I was born and raised in a busy suburb of Manchester, so I love the rural feeling of Goostrey. I know it’s not exactly in the middle of nowhere, but that’s why I love it – relatively peaceful and quiet, but within 10 minutes, you can be on a train to Manchester, on the M6, or hitting the bright lights of Knutsford!
I also love the friendly feeling in the village. I always see someone I know on my dog walks, and my son feels safe and happy here.
If you could change one thing about the village or surrounding area, what would it be?
We need a wine bar! On a more serious note, I wish we had more sports facilities in the village, particularly for older children and teenagers. Try posts and a cricket pitch would be nice.
How long have you been an artist and what made you want to become an artist?
I’ve been earning money from my paintings since I was around 15 years old, but only worked as a full-time artist since 2010.
What inspires your art?
As I’ve got older, my appreciation of the British Isles has definitely grown, and influences my paintings hugely.
I’m totally in love with our coastline – all of it – and genuinely don’t think there’s anywhere more beautiful in the world than the west coast of Scotland or North Wales, but I may be biased!
I noticed that your tagline is ‘finding peace in wild things’. Would you say that you find that ‘peace’ in Goostrey and its natural landscape?
It certainly helps that I live in such a beautiful village. I’d absolutely love to live by the sea one day, but that’s just not practical for me currently, so I think Goostrey is the next best thing.
What is your favourite natural spot in Goostrey and why?
My favourite place is the fishing lake off Brick Bank Lane where I walk my dog nearly every day. I love seeing the changing seasons there, watching the ducklings hatch in the Spring, and then seeing them grow.
I also love walking across the turf fields – the sky always looks so huge, and the clouds are spectacular.
Can you remember your first thoughts on seeing Goostrey’s natural landscape? How has that perception changed since you have lived here?
I love the fact that the landscape has hardly changed in 13 years. There are a few extra houses here and there, but essentially, the same big, old trees and fields are still here, and probably will be in 50 years’ time.
You say you try to capture the ‘feeling of a place’ in your art. How would you put the ‘feeling’ of Goostrey into words?
To me, Goostrey is cosy, friendly, and warm.
What is your creative process like? Do you have a very strict timeline or plan, or do you have any individual quirks in your creative technique?
Fortunately, I don’t very often have strict deadlines – if I’m working on a commission, my clients are usually really helpful and organised, and give me lots of time. Having said that, I still end up on the last minute, because I’ve discovered that I work better under pressure and come up with more creative ideas.
Sometimes, I can go for 4 or 5 days without painting, because I’m not feeling in the right mood, and then paint like crazy for 12 hours a day for a few days when the mood is right! So, I don’t really have a definite process or routine. Every week and every painting is different.
In the stressful and seemingly crazy world of today, would you say that art has the power to provide the peace and solace which many may be looking for?
Absolutely! I think art, music and film are the best ways to ‘lose’ yourself away from the mad world we live in, particularly at the moment. Either creating it or observing it – it lifts you away from the every day.
Your art has been called your ‘lifeline’. How do you suggest others find their own lifeline through the creative arts, or other avenues?
Try everything! Don’t be afraid to fail, be afraid not to try. Facebook groups are a great way to find out what’s on in and around Goostrey, and events like GooseFest are another opportunity to see and try new things. Most important of all, don’t be too hard on yourself – to enjoy and lose yourself in the process is the goal.
We are incredibly grateful to Sam for answering our questions and sharing her passion with us here at Love Goostrey. For more information on Sam’s art, visit her page here.