To me, Creative Minds is a perfect fit as I am a strong and passionate believer that Art is accessible to everyone and that art is therapeutic for many reasons.
Discovering this opportunity to join a community of like-minded artists who want to make a difference was an instant decision. To have the opportunity to offer all sorts of creativity to people makes me very happy and excited.
I have always loved art and was fortunate enough to have a supporting family that allowed me to ditch the desk job and venture…I have been there for my family to grow and now looked for a new experience.
My first love was clay, then painting and then photography and the past 3 years have seen me picking up my own tools again making and I am always experimenting with how to cross over techniques and applications.
There are so many mediums to use, whether on their own or together, watercolour, pastel, clay, collage the possibilities are endless and there is no such thing as wrong and that is why art makes such a difference….
What did I think about the training?
The two days that James provided were enjoyable, informative and built up such a positive start to this venture. There were answers to our questions and great insight into running the business. The start-up pack is brilliant and the support he and Sarah have given me is amazing. There is so much information available and the Creative Minds community is so welcoming. If any artist is looking to change their life and make a difference….do it!
I did my B.A at Staffordshire University and graduated with a 2:1 in graphic design and illustration which I never really used properly. I was probably more of a cartoonist than anything else, enjoying humour and creativity. I got some cartoons in various magazines and joined the cartoonists club of Great Britain but my working life has been very varied. I’ve worked in art and copy shops and done a stint self-employed as an antique china restorer with the help of the Princes Trust. I’ve also done a lot of supermarket work and worked printing photos too.
In the middle of the supermarket work I took myself off and did an M.A in Children’s Book Illustration at Cambridge School of Art. I can’t even begin to tell you how much I enjoyed it! I’ve joined the Society of Children’s Books Writers and Illustrators so I can keep up with the news. I have cartoons printed in the magazine The Showing Journal and I have been looking seriously for a more creative job where I could express my artistic side since my last stint at University.
Creative Minds is a fabulous company which gets everyone involved in art and the enjoyment of creating. The training is thorough and involves how to run your business in a practical way. I really enjoyed it and I’m looking forward to my time as a Creative Minds Artist.
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