“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.”
I began exploring my artistic flair back in 2001 when I was encouraged to take an opportunity to leave full time employment and return to Further Education. The creative journey has transformed the way I view the world and I have been lucky enough to work in my local Primary School for 13 years teaching Art as one of my subjects, returning to University in 2012 to finally complete my Fine Art Degree on a part-time basis. Having graduated in 2016 I am thrilled to now be working in such a worthwhile creative business, with the network support of a great bunch of professional artists. Being able to explore such a vast range of art mediums and materials is incredible whilst sharing the joy of creativity with others.
I am also continuing to create my own mixed-media conceptual art pieces, currently exhibiting with a fantastic art group in my local area.