“Originally from Sussex, I moved to Bath in order to study for a BA in graphic design and went on to work as a self-employed graphic designer in and around Bristol. I started printmaking through evening classes which developed my passion as an artist and later completed an MA in Printmaking.”
“I have also had the opportunity to work at a local art gallery, drawing school and a print studio which is where I realized I enjoy helping people from many backgrounds who are often coming to art for the first time. It is wonderful to see how much all ages can get out of different forms of art, it is just about giving it a go.”
“I spotted an advert for Creative Minds a while ago and now seems the right time for me as I am looking for a new direction having recently moved to Devon. I really enjoyed the shadowing session and realised that working for Creative Minds has the potential of offering me job fulfilment and satisfaction.”
I graduated in 1991 with a Degree in Fine Art and Music, specialising in Sculpture, then later returned to University to complete a post graduate diploma in Youth and Community Arts in 2004.
I developed an interest in creating Art from an early age. I remember as a child spending all my spare time drawing my favourite pop stars, painting, using oil pastels and I loved using crayons to produce beautiful effects.
For the last 16 years, I have worked for a variety of charities and voluntary organisations in the UK and abroad, managing volunteers, fundraising and supporting vulnerable people affected by issues such as Drug and Alcohol dependency, Domestic Abuse and Homelessness. Within all my various roles I have endeavoured to include creativity wherever possible as well as designing charity Christmas cards.
I have also worked as a Youth worker in Youth Clubs running Arts and Crafts clubs and worked with young people who have been disengaged from education for a variety of reasons, using visual arts and drama, including mask & puppet making and graffiti art to help tackle difficult issues such as Sexual Health and low self-worth.
With all the different people I have worked with over the years, no matter what their life experiences or abilities, I have always been so heartened and pleasantly surprised how the use of visual arts can improve an individuals mood and in turn, increase confidence and self-esteem and I have often witnessed people who thought they had no creativity at all, surprise themselves by achieving so much more than they had ever imagined possible.
Working with Creative Minds gives me the opportunity to do something I love every day, as well as having a social impact by bringing visual arts to people who may no longer have the chance to take part or haven’t been involved in. I am looking forward to having many enjoyable experiences with Creative Minds and hope to help people surprise themselves too!
“After completing a degree in Illustration I spent time living and working in India and South Korea. On returning to the UK I trained as an Art Psychotherapist and have been working in adult mental health for the last 5 years. I decided to join Creative Minds as I wanted a new challenge and the opportunity to grow a business with like minded people providing a valuable service to enhance the lives and give a voice to those who are often devalued and marginalised in our society.”