Artist Patti Gaal-Holmes is 47 and lives in Southsea.
She has a studio at Art Space in Portsmouth, which is holding an Open Studios Weekend today and tomorrow from 1.30pm to 4.30pm.
When did you last go away and where did you go?
I travelled to Johannesburg, South Africa (where I was born) from September to November to undertake an International Artists’ Residency and returned to Cape Town in December for a family visit.
What was the last gig/concert/comedy show you went to?
Chuck Ragan’s The Revival Tour at the Wedgewood Rooms with guests Emily Barker and Jay Malinowski. A great evening of diverse music, raucous tunes and beautiful songs.
What about the last theatre show you saw?
It was too long ago to remember, I’m ashamed to admit. But this is not for lack of wanting to go, rather due to a lack of time.
The last book you read?
Vertigo by W. G Sebald. This is a vertiginous (as the title suggests) journey of disconnected but tentatively affiliated experiences, histories and photographs ranging from Kafka, the Great Fire of London to travels in Italy. You have to just allow yourself to get taken along on this strange journey.
The last film you saw at the cinema or on DVD?
The Sessions at No.6 Cinema. Very sad and moving but funny too.
What’s your favourite way to relax?
Being with family and friends, reading, walking at the beach...
What do you watch on TV?
Not much but currently The Americans. I’ve recently watched the Mad Men and In Treatment box sets too.
And which TV programmes do you avoid?
Talent contests and reality TV. They eat away time in a mindless fritter.
Which celeb would you most like to spend a weekend with?
Matt Berninger of The National. Just listening to that beautiful voice and dark words all weekend would be lovely.
Where do you shop?
Food from wherever is close to hand: Co-op, Waitrose; tea from All About Tea; local shops in Palmerston Road and Albert Road.
Where do you eat out?
The Balti House on Albert Road for the unfailingly wonderful food and always-friendly service. Also at the King Street Tavern and Pie & Vinyl. All three are wonderful places.
What’s your signature dish, if you’re cooking?
Chocolate cake. Wonderfully delicious, full of calories and dripping with melted chocolate and cream.
What about pubs and bars? Where do you go?
King Street Tavern. Nice, friendly and warm with interesting people to talk to.
Where’s good for a day out locally?
If it’s raining, the Portsmouth City Museum. There are some great exhibits, especially the historical rooms full of beautiful old things.