Gary Goodman


PUBLISHED: 28 March '21

In the 4th instalment of our Independent Worthing: Unwrapped series, we meet Gary Goodman.

Gary is a local painter and poet. His imagery is resoundingly direct, unbothered by artistic self-consciousness and politeness; unrefined, unmannerly yet sensitive. He simply wishes to say ‘hello’ to the world as it passes him by.

Gary has exhibited his paintings and prints and has performed his poetry around the world: from the frozen wastes of Norway and Alaska down to the warmth of New Zealand and the Southern States of USA.

He works from his shed at the end of the garden in Sussex.


IW: What inspired you to start your own business?

GG: Since I was a child I’ve been drawing and painting. I went to college and then Uni to study art, so it wasn’t really a conscious decision to start a business, I simply fell into being a self-employed artist once I began exhibiting.


IW: What is the best thing about what you do?

GG: Having nobody telling me what I can do.


IW: What pearl of wisdom would you impart to anyone wanting to set up their own business?

GG: As I didn’t really start up a business as such, but I guess it’s to follow your heart.


IW: What are your ‘go to’ local businesses?

GG: Souk Worthing, Wax Cactus, Grizzly Bear


IW: What do you get up to in your spare time?

GG: I have a proper job teaching and running workshops – but I go to cinema when I can; socialising is a favourite thing, eating out, visiting bars and pubs. I like to walk and cycle, and I love reading; it’s important to be able to escape.


IW: What’s your guilty pleasure?

GG: I told myself a long time ago that I would never feel guilty about my pleasures.


IW: What’s your favourite way to start the day?

GG: Knowing that I have nothing planned – unless it’s something exciting.


IW: If you were stranded on a desert island, what 3 things could you not do without?

GG: People, art materials and something to write with/on.