Here with the talented Briony May Richardson, one of the featured artists in this year’s Brentwood Art Trail. Briony tells us about her first commission, where to find her work around Essex and what she really thinks about Love Island. Let’s go… 

#1. So, what’s your favourite word?


#2. Why not. What gets you up in the morning?

The sun.

#3. What do you truly, honestly think of social media?

I think there are pros and cons really. I just feel like it can help people progress but it can go the other way and stunt people’s growth.

#4. We know all about stunted growth. Kindles or books?


#5.  Agreed. What do you think is the biggest challenge to your industry right now?

I think it’s so competitive. It can be hard to stand out.

#6.  Cream rises, honey. What did you want to be when you were growing up?

An artist or a shoe designer. Or an interior designer.

#7. So basically anything with the word designer in it :). What led you to your current career?

I started drawing young and just loved it. Just loved that feeling of being creative.

#8. It’s a great feeling, isn’t it ;). Can you use your favourite word in a sentence?

Why is the sky blue?

#9. Not sure, Chicken Little, but can you make it rhyme?

Why-spy with my little eye.

#10. Clever. What advice would you give to your younger self?

I would say be more confident in who you are. Especially when it comes to social media. It puts you down.

#11. What’s the best thing anyone’s ever done for you?

My mum and dad are so supportive. I don’t need anything apart from them being there.

#12. Nice. Tell us, what’s been your ‘career-defining’ moment?

Roots in Upminster messaged me about doing a piece for them. That was my first commission.

#13. If you won a big award of some kind, who would you thank?

My mum and dad.

#14. Can you give us a timesaver of the day?

Don’t watch Love Island.

#15. Whaaat? It’s the actual law in Essex. Where do you see your industry in 24 months?

I would like to be a art curator, of a space or venue.

#16. Where were you 24 months ago?

I was at Loughborough Uni, studying fine art.

#17. What’s an interesting fact about your company?

I can deadlift 70kgs.

#18. #GirlsWhoLift. If you could have a 24-minute Skype chat with anyone, living or dead, who would it be?

Nelson Mandela. He had so much to share. People like that, their minds are so big.

#19. What’s one word you’d want people to describe you with?


#20. Would you mind taking a selfie for us?


#21. What’s your favourite Twitter handle or social media campaign?

On Instagram, it would be Architectural Digest.

#22. What’s one quote that defines your work ethic?

The master has failed more times than the beginner has even tried.

#23. Boooooooooom. What’s been the best part of your day?

Had lunch with my nan. She’s so cute.

#24. Cute. Finally, anything to plug?

Follow me on Instagram at @brionymayrichardson


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