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A minute with Samantha Wylie Artist

Where do you live?
In Pissouri Bay above my Gallery – Barefoot Designs Art Gallery – with my partner Alan, my dog Nigel and my cat Phil.

Best childhood memory?
Walking round the outline of the shadow of my parents’ house (in Herefordshire, UK) on warm summer evenings.

Most frequented restaurant and absolute favourite dish?
Yialos Fish Tavern in the Bay – best Kleftiko I’ve had on the island!

What food would you really turn your nose up to?
Can’t eat mushrooms… they are absolutely not natural to me!

What did you have for breakfast?
Normally a poached egg on toast – or toast and marmalade – with a pot of Earl Grey tea.

Would you class yourself as a day or night person? What’s your idea of the perfect night/day out?
I’m both… but I cope better with early mornings than late nights as I get older! Best daytime would be under the sea, diving, best night would be eating dinner with good friends and drinking wonderful wine.

Best book ever read?
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers… the title says it all really… it’s a must read.

Favourite film of all time?
Star Wars – Return of the Jedi. It’s simply the best bit of cinema that has ever been made.

Favourite holiday destination (or best holiday ever taken)?
Rome in Italy. I have many good friends there, I love the culture, the people, the food, the wine… everything really.

What music are you listening to in the car at the moment?
I listen to a massive variety of things in the car, but my most upbeat stuff is Michael Jackson… I love him.

What is always in your fridge?
Unsalted butter, garlic, red onions, milk & white wine.

Dream house: rural retreat or urban dwelling? Where would it be, what would it be like?
I’d love to live in my friends Andie & Rob’s home in Lofou. It’s my dream house… a wonderful old building they have lovingly restored and beautifully modernised, it has to be seen to be believed! It’s actually for sale and, if I won the euro millions, I’d buy it immediately!

If you could pick anyone at all (alive or dead) to go out for the evening with, who would it be?
My partner Alan, he makes me laugh, smile and makes life worth living.

If the world is ending in 24 hours what would you do?
Find all the people I love and spend one final day with them on the beach – rain or shine.

What is your greatest fear?
Loneliness.

Tell me a joke
What’s brown, prickly and squirts jam at you? A hedgehog eating a doughnut.

Find extraordinary and inventive Christmas presents made from recycled articles, as well as Samantha’s innovative paintings, at Barefoot Designs on the main street in Pissouri Bay. Mention you read it in the Sunday Mail! www.facebook.com/BarefootDesignsArtGallery, Barefoot Designs Art Gallery, Pissouri Bay, Limassol, Cyprus



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