“I discovered my love for the arts from an early age, achieving an OND and HND in Graphic Design, followed later with a BA Hons Degree in Sculpture. Working for Aardman Animation and Pangolin Editions helped to broaden my creative knowledge. My employment with Gloucestershire Arts for Schools and Bishop Road Primary School gave me the insight into how art can help, inspire and build confidence within an individual.”
“Discovering Creative Minds was a lovely transition for me to help a generation through the joy of art.”
What would you say to other artists thinking of joining Creative Minds?
“Opportunities to work with your community through the arts are very rare, so if you discover a position don’t delay and take the plunge.”
I have enjoyed being creative for as long as I can remember. I love working in all sorts of different mediums, my favourite being acrylic/mixed media paintings and biro illustrations. I set up a small picture framing business in 2004 called Tyler Studios. I also write and illustrate children’s books. I have recently moved from living on a boat, moored up off Eel Pie Island in Twickenham, to a thatched roof cottage in Wiltshire, to be closer to family.
I think creating and feeling proud of yourself is fundamental to feeling positive in life. I am very happy to be a part of Creative Minds. It gives me great pleasure be able to help individuals express themselves and give them the confidence to try something new.
The training from James at Creative Minds was brilliant. The whole way through the process I felt supported. Everything was very well explained and I knew there was someone I could turn to for help and advice if I had any questions. By the end of the training I had everything I needed to get going straight away, having all the materials and guidance necessary to feel confident to approach care homes and start the art sessions.