Interview With Artist Isabella Francesca Abigail Shores

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I see you looking.  Staring across the mall.  Will you come over? Will you say hello to me?

People often stare at me.  I am very beautiful in my way.  Nothing can ever take that away from me.  I was considered amazing once and was a model.  Okay it was local

but hey.  I had my 15 minutes.

From I See You Looking


When did you first become interested in art?

To be honest, I am not altogether sure. I know I drew a foal when I was a tiny girl and my father told me how wonderful it was. My mother then told him not to tell me that, as you should be honest, and it was not that good. They then had one of their standard stand up fights so, that was it for a few years. No more art.


What style of art do you use most? What medium do you use?

Oils. I LOVE oils! I have tried all the other mediums and just not happy with them.

What made you choose that medium?

Watercolourists have my full respect. I cannot get those paints to do what I want! I tried once and it looked like an oil lol so I gave up and went to oils.

My only watercolour, The Horse
My only watercolour, The Horse

As for those acrylics….. I like to change my mind and have the ability to swirl colours days later. Acrylics just dry. I spent my first times of painting, swearing….a lot! WHY ARE YOU SO DRY?!?!?! Because I love my fella I went on to oils. Much more peaceful for him.

Has your style changed from when you first began as an artist?

Yes, totally. I began with motorbikes on glass funnily enough. Etching was begun because a wonderful gentleman, Leslie, offered me a glass engraving kit. He told me to see what I could do with it. That same evening I sold a glass with a motorbike on it and I was hooked. However, a year later someone stole the kit and I have never been able to afford a new one so that was the end of that chapter in my life.

Do your ideas come from life or imagination?

Hmmmm…. erm…. You know, I am not sure. Scientists have found that DNA holds memories so, have I got memories of my trawler captain grandfathers? Perhaps… my love for the sea is huge. I dream of it often and when out n it am very happy. Did you know that if you look over the edge of the ship the sea actually speaks to you? My Grandfather told me that and it is true. Listen closely and you can hear its story. Painting it is a mix of emotions for me. On the one hand I am in my element and exceptionally happy BUT, and this is a capital letter but, I am also very distraught wen they are finished as they NEVER look as I had imagined. I cannot seem to put my imagination onto the canvas. it is just never good enough. I think that is why I paint narrow-boats you know…. they do not have the same emotional disaster impact for me 🙂


How do you choose your images and colours?

Depends on the day. Return to Shores I felt calm and in the flow. Return to Shores 2 was in my distraight phase lol so is reddish. Some days I am in your face and others just calmer

The Conversation

Do you work in a studio?

Sort of. We have cut off a section of our living room and I have control of that and only share it with my puppies and the dining table. The table is useful as I can rest things on it, like my coffee but, well, the puppies are only useful if I could learn how to make brushes from their moults.

Who is your favourite artist?

Turner. Absolutely Turner. I WISH I could paint just a smidgen like Turner. If I could then I would be forever happy.

What is your favourite piece of work by yourself?

Return to Shores AND the Horses and Carriage.
Return to Shores was painted straight after I had gone back to my family name of Shores. Also it went perfectly. It is the only painting I have ever done that I am still happy with.

Return To Shores
Return To Shores

Horses ad Carriage was the first really complex painting I had done not including boats or ships. I was thrilled with it but nobody has bought a copy yet so I think it is just me who truly loves it 🙂

Horses and Carriage
Horses and Carriage

How much time (on average) does it take to complete a work?

Anything from 20 minutes to 2 days. I did have a couple take longer but I get bored ultra easily I am afraid and, if it takes too long, I tend not to finish it.

How well do you take criticism?

Badly. Very badly. I am not thick skinned. There are reasons behind this that I will not go into but I have had all the criticism I need in one lifetime so now, if I like it, that is all that counts. and, in reality, I am the worlds worse self critic. Nothing is normally good enough.

What do you do to overcome a ‘block’?

Nothing. I cannot overcome one yet. I tend to get one after every single painting and it can go from a week to more. This one has gone on about 3 months now and it is just starting to depress.


How do you know something is ‘finished’? Is it easy to walk away?

Never is finished. It is just at a stage that if I do more I will ruin it.

Have you had exhibits in galleries?

Not at a brick and mortar gallery but my work was shown at a World art festival in Orange County a few years ago.  I am also on permanent exhibit on

Have you any exhibits in galleries planned for the future?

No, I am not booked up at all yet so……….


What are you currently working on?

Getting over a stupid block again 🙂

What are your plans for the future?

I want to really concentrate on my sea paintings, trying to build on what I am doing, adding naval ships and more detailed galleons. Perhaps a few pirate paintings…oooo arrrrr

What was the best advice given to you as an artist?

Do not be too precious…. That was my partner telling me that. He meant that I put too much emotion into each painting and I should sit back a bit and not take each one too seriously. Actually enjoy what I am doing rather than trying to make it perfect. Good advice. When I have not made them too precious they have worked…. Return to Shores being one


What advice would you give new artists?

The above. It is very good advice.

Have you done any courses to help you?

When I wanted to go to art school I was told I would never be good enough so it would be a waste of money. Now I am older I would never listen to that advice and would have gone for it but it is just something I cannot afford now. So, I am self taught.

What do you do to market your work?

Not enough. Not enough at all. I am so busy daily that I just do not have the time. I did contact some narrowboat places but only one wrote back and that was no so, I never really bothered again. I need an agent 😉


Do you use social networking in your day to day life? 

HAHA constantly.



Are you available for work (commissions)?

Yes I am and you can contact me using the form below

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Have you got hobbies?

Playing with and training our puppies (see their Facebook page Hannah and Darcy)

I write and am about to bring out another book.  My first was dark poetry and this one is short stories.  I have been told I write a little like an author of Tales of the Darkside or Tales of the Unexpected but, they are not as dark OR as unexpected as all that….normally

The rest of the time I spend with my sculptor boyfriend ::D

Where are you based?

I am in Manchester, in England 🙂



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8 thoughts on “Interview With Artist Isabella Francesca Abigail Shores

  1. Lori

    I learned so much about you. You are a very interesting artist, enjoyed this very much.

    1. Thank you so much! I don’t FEEL interesting lol

  2. I, too, am a fan of your seascapes, Abbie. I can actually “hear” them when I look at them….

  3. I really enjoyed reading this interview. I love how you answered when your work is finished (not). I feel the same way.

  4. lois

    Enjoyed this very much … I love Turner, too. And … your “Return To Shores” is one of my all-time favorites!! Great to get to know you a little better!!

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