Art-wise that is , is and always will be Thomas Gainsborough. I can’t really tell you why, I couldn’t pick out a particular thing that I like about his paintings, I just do.
It was when I first saw a copy of the very famous ‘Blue Boy’, which many of you will recognise. Since then, my parents bought me books, and I’ve looked out for his paintings in all the galleries I’ve been to around the world.
I also went to a special exhibition at the Tate Gallery some years ago, which was amazing. It’s the only time I’ve been so engrossed in looking at the paintings that I could have fallen over the little wire fence that they put up to stop you getting too close!
Also, if you are so inclined, you can visit Gainsborough’s house, which is now a museum.