English artist and graphic designer, Andrew Potter, decided to move from his base in the wonderful artistic community of St Ives in Cornwall to the equally as wonderful Balearic Island of Mallorca. Following his dream, and the light, he is now resident in Felanitx and has a gallery and studio space there.
Having lived in Mallorca now for over a year, Andrew gives us some insights into the island, his life here and some top tips on where to go and what to see during your holiday in Mallorca.
What brought you to Mallorca?
I lived in Cornwall SW England for 27 years. Famed for it’s light that attracted the likes of Turner and Constable, I decided that an island in the Mediterranean would be a good place to move on to.
Tell us a little bit about your business, how it started out and where you're based...
I’ve been an artist all my life and was a graphic designer for over ten years. I’m currently based in the southern town Felanitx where I’m delighting in the old buildings and rough walls. Indeed I’m currently living in a townhouse (above my gallery) that is over 200 years old.
What makes Mallorca a special place to be for someone in your profession?
I find Mallorca an incredibly inspiring place and would be delighted to spend the rest of my life here, painting, looking and being. It’s beautiful varied and there’s always something new around every turn of the road.
What are the best bits about your job / life here?
The best side of living here is seeing new things and meeting new people, along with the breathless pleasure of finding my next painting.
What is in store for the future with your business, any exciting projects in the pipelines that you can share with us?
I plan to carry on doing what I do but making a staggering fortune and buying the whole island would be fun!
What do you do on your days off?
On the three days I have off each week I could be found listening to music, cooking, snorkelling or just driving around slack-jawed at the beauty of this incredible island.
What's your insiders tip for the best beach?
Cala Bota, a secluded rocky cove in Calas de Mallorca (south-east coast) that has a multitude of sea life, but it is a bit of a hike to get to.
Where's best for a coffee, or a drink, and a bit of mingling?
Miguels bar in Calas - “Mar Azul” or our neighbours in Felanitx “Café Alhambra”
Where's the best place for lunch or dinner here, and why?
I’ve enjoyed superb meals at Castille del Bosque Restaurant on the Portocolom road and at C’an Gusti restaurant, a rustic and authentic place to sample rural Mallorquian cooking.
Where would you go for a bit of culture & atmosphere?
What's your tip to escape the crowds in the summer?
To escape the summer crowds? Go Inland.
See here for more information about Andrew or to visit his gallery and studio in Felanitx.