Murdoch moved from Liverpool to Newcastle about a year ago. Specializing in landscape paintings, he is now renting a small room in Biscuit Tin Studios, an art studio in the east part of the city centre. He pays £150 a month for a relatively small studio.
“It’s an expensive business. Paint is expensive, especially good paint,” said Murdoch as he turned on the electrical heater and moved to his colorful worktable. Murdoch drives a van for the supermarket ASDA to afford his paints and pay the studio.
When it comes to selling art, Murdoch seems a little sad: “I don’t even try to sell art for the moment.” He admits that it is difficult to find a way to even show his art, especially around Newcastle.
“I’m always emailing and ringing galleries. I find it very difficult, without some kind of recommendation from existing gallery artists, to set foot in the business.”
Although being an artist is apparently not easy for him, Murdoch admits he never thought about giving up as he says: “You keep making the stuff and you keep trying.”
Talking about his ideal artist life, Murdoch stated that he hopes to continue his work by selling art so he can eventually develop his craft full-time.
“But most artists don’t get that. It’s quite rare.”
“Hopefully, I can develop and create something meaningful.”