RedDot Podcast | Episode 005 | An Interview with Franny Moyle, Author of Turner: The Extraordinary Life and Momentous Times of J.M.W. Turner

An interview with Franny Moyle, Author of Turner, the Extraordinary Life and Momentous Times of JMW Turner. I picked up Franny’s biography on Turner earlier this year and thoroughly enjoyed learning more about this important artist’s life. Turner is one of the United Kingdom’s greatest artists, and is, perhaps its best known, but I didn’t know much about his life. I found Franny’s biography fascinating and enlightening. Franny Moyle joins me for the interview from her home in England.



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Selected Images | Works by J.M.W. Turner

Drawing of St John’s Church, Margate by Turner from around 1786, when he would have been 11 or 12 years old. The ambitious but unsure drawing shows an early struggle with perspective, which can be contrasted with his later work By J. M. W. Turner, Public Domain, Link


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A View of the Archbishop’s Palace, Lambeth – this watercolour was Turner’s first to be accepted for the Royal Academy’s annual exhibition in April 1790, the month he turned 15. The image is a technical presentation of Turner’s strong grasp of the elements of perspective with several buildings at sharp angles to each other, demonstrating Turner’s thorough mastery of Thomas Malton’s topographical style.
By J. M. W. TurnerIndianapolis Museum of Art, Public Domain, Link


Fishermen at Sea exhibited in 1796 was the first oil painting exhibited by Turner at the Royal Academy.
By J. M. W. TurnerUwG73jK8wqshlw at Google Cultural Institute, zoom level maximum Tate Images (, Public Domain, Link


Bonneville, Savoy (1803) Dallas Museum of Art, oil on canvas 92 x 123 cm
By J. M. W. Turner[1] 12 February 2014, Public Domain, Link
One of Turner’s most successful “house portraits”: Raby Castle, the Seat of the Earl of Darlington[27] The Walters Art Museum.
By J. M. W. TurnerWalters Art Museum: Home page  Info about artwork, Public Domain, Link
Snow Storm: Steam-Boat off a Harbour’s Mouth, 1842
By J. M. W. TurnerWeb Gallery of Art:   Image  Info about artwork, Public Domain, Link


The Fighting Temeraire tugged to her last berth to be broken up, 1839
By J. M. W. TurnerNational Gallery of Art, Public Domain, Link


The Wreck of a Transport Ship (c. 1810), oil on canvas
By J. M. W. TurnerCalouste Gulbenkian Museum, Public Domain, Link


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About the Author: Jason Horejs

Jason Horejs is the Owner of Xanadu Gallery, author of best selling books "Starving" to Successful & How to Sell Art , publisher of, and founder of the Art Business Academy. Jason has helped thousands of artists prepare themselves to more effectively market their work, build relationships with galleries and collectors, and turn their artistic passion into a viable business.


  1. Another great interview Jason! I’m a big fan of Turner & being an Englishman & fellow artist, I’m also very proud of our home grown talent. I have similar difficulties with relationships with women as Turner did & I have also avoided marriage…

  2. Turner’s later work has always puzzled me. I can’t imagine the sensibility of the times embracing such abstract work during the era of great English landscape painters.
    I much prefer his architectural pieces with luminescent landscapes; they tend to be romantic depictions. The Venice paintings are lovely. His paintings of the sea were mostly of turmoil … maybe because of his childhood? Violent storms must have been more than a conscious device of composition.
    No one painted watercolors as he did. He seems to purposely have manipulated the medium to resemble oils … unique.
    Ms. Moyle’s commentary about the art market before commercial and public galleries existed in England is enlightening. I honestly didn’t know that. The Royal Academy was the ultimate juried show. And we fuss about them ….

  3. Jason,
    Wow!!! This interview podcast struck gold with me growing up in Europe for five-and-a-half years spending time in Barnstable North Devonshire England this podcast hit a chord with me. My influence of art started at a very early age and Turner was one of the artists that I studied his work of European painters.
    Though I paint contemporary Western work I’m deeply influenced by Turner, Winslow Homer, Andrew Wyeth and The Works of Dean Mitchell. I thoroughly enjoyed the interest of this podcast, thank you Jason for presenting the essence and direction of this great European artist.

  4. ~ ‘Interesting’ – interview and thanks for posting . . . I discovered his work several years ago and thought to myself – “What A Great Abstract Painter !” – Can you imagine how his ‘moving sea storm scenes’ would sell today on the open market or a very special – brick and mortar – venue? – – – – Bye the way the question – of success! – That’s something I think everyone must decide for their self in ‘what it means’ – to be “Successful “. . . In my case it’s -“going with the flow” – “creating and enjoying with passion” – and “what will be will be ” . . .

  5. Turner was a master! The captures of light and atmosphere was incredible! This was a wonderful podcast !

  6. Jason,
    You’re seriously one of the best blog hosts on the Internet. I love the way you let your guest speak completely without interrupting them.
    I was taught never to interrupt someone while they are speaking. You don’t learn when you’re talking.
    You’re calling may be something other than an art gallery director.
    Keep up the great work and thank you for this interview. I was intrigued even without looking at the pictures.

  7. This is becoming my favorite art podcast. You asked great questions and she of course was so full of great insight. Looking forward to the next one.

  8. Bravo!! This was one of most delightful and informative discussions of Turner’s life. I’ve read several accounts of his life and this really sheds light on his world and his person. So many issues artists faced in the early 1800’s are still encountered by artists today – just in different forms and to think they didn’t have a local art store or online source to get their materials – yet were so prolific in their artistic output. We have no excuse.

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