William Azzopardi is a lover of nature and intrigued by light, water and rock. He lives in the South of Malta, which features prominently in his paintings.
How did you get started?
Well, government school was helpful but most of all, it was the excitement I used to feel looking at great works of art reproduced in books or hanging in churches.
What genre do you consider your work to be?
Mostly landscapes, seascapes or landscape/seascape-inspired abstracts. I have been using watercolour and acrylic. My works have become less figurative with colour taking over.
Describe your work in less than 10 words.
Where was your first exhibition held?
In the South… in Birgu, Couvre Porte.
How long have you been painting?
Since I remember…
Which is your favourite from among your own artworks?
My favourite would be an early watercolour of a Birgu street – yellow ochre, stone, dust and early morning light.
Whose artist’s work are you most inspired by?
I was very much inspired by my art teachers, the late Charles Cassar, Joe Mallia and Winston Hassell.
If you weren’t an artist, what would you be?
A cowboy or maybe an aboriginal painting in the desert.
What is the epitome of happiness for you?
Surrounded by friends, loved ones, chatting, laughing and sipping Prosecco
What are you working on at the moment?
I am working on a series of paintings centred around the Gardjola Gardens, Senglea.
Are you a morning person or do you come alive at night?
No I am a morning person.
How many coffees a day? Don’t embellish.
Sundays can be very productive for some and very unproductive for others. How do you spend yours?
I spend Sundays relaxing….by the sea in summer and in the countryside in winter.
Wine and cheese. Yes or no?
Oh yes, plenty of brie, stilton and Shiraz.
If you were given a million euros, what would you indulge yourself with?
A house with large windows on the beach.
Favourite place to holiday?
Italy; cities are so different…from loud and in-your-face Naples to industrious and equally stunning Piedmont.