“I have always enjoyed being creative and feel extremely fortunate to have had the opportunity to spend most of my life either doing art or teaching it. Having graduated with a degree in fine art from West Surrey College of Art and Design in 1995, I spend several years producing and selling my own work, before training as a teacher in 2002. I have spent 13 years teaching art and textiles to 11-16 year old’s which has been an amazing experience, but when I found out about Creative Minds I knew this was an opportunity I couldn’t turn down. I have worked for a charity who support and deliver art therapy for the past year and have seen the benefits that art can have for mental health and well being. It is fantastic to be able to use my skills as an artist and teacher to help enrich the lives of others and encourage creativity, which we all know is good for the soul.”
What would you say to anyone thinking of joining Creative Minds?
“It was a bit scary giving up a good job with a secure income, but I am so glad I did, and I would encourage anyone else who is thinking of becoming a Creative Minds Artist to take the opportunity and discover how rewarding delivering Art Sessions can be.”
“As a child I loved to draw, paint and be messy, and not much has changed. I followed a traditional art education journey achieving a diploma, and then I pursued a love for creating characters as a Professional Make up artist for TV and film. After qualifying I worked on low budget projects around the country, developing my understanding for 3D design, mask making and sculpture.
What has always interested me as an artist is expression and process, interpreting ideas and emotions visually. I have always been drawn towards mixed media merging traditional techniques to create something with depth and texture. I love to be tactile and repurpose tools like painting a portrait using glue sticks or old credit cards.
Recently my inspiration has shifted after having my son. He made me realise how accessible art is – there are no rules or restrictions. Watching how much fun he has discovering new skills is hugely rewarding.
The training Creative Minds has given me has been so beneficial. I’m so happy to be a part of such a welcoming community of Artists, who share the same values. The shadowing session was fantastic. It really gave me a great insight into what being a part if Creative Minds is all about. I felt in my element and excited to get more involved.”
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