2019 Margaret River Region Open Studios | Steve Vigors

Busselton artist Steve Vigors will open his studio to the public during Margaret River Open Studios running from April 27 until May 12.
Busselton artist Steve Vigors will open his studio to the public during Margaret River Open Studios running from April 27 until May 12.

Busselton artist Steve Vigors lives and breathes art, spending a lot of time outdoors by the ocean painting the coastline and whatever happens to attract his attention.

The award winning artist has a large collection of work which the public can checkout during this year's Margaret River Region Open Studios.

"The event is fantastic because it is not clinical like a corporate gallery, people love to visit and have a chat, and of course I love having a chat," he said.

Capturing more information from painting in the open air rather than painting from a photograph, Mr Vigors said open air painting brought more life into his work.

"I have a few paintings from Rottnest Island and others from the local area, I mostly paint in acrylics unless I am painting in the open air then I use oils," he said.

"Painting in the open air gives me a bit of time to talk to people when they come up and ask questions, whereas the acrylic paintings go by so quickly which is why I prefer to use them in a studio."

His wife Josie said art was never off her husband's mind and if he was not painting he would be sketching and drawing ideas.

"Even at night he cannot switch off, he has images in his mind which inspire him for the next day," she said.

Mr Vigors admits art is a bit of an obsession for him, and he has recently been checking out other artists' styles on YouTube to find inspiration for his work.

"I enjoy watching what other people do, then from there you get inspired yourself and say, I do have a photograph similar, then you race away and get into it.

To find out more about the Margaret River Region Open Studios visit mrropenstudios.com.au/.