Thursday, 26 August 2010

Deciding to move.

In May 2008, I made the decision to relocate to Brisbane, Australia. Now, over two years later, the move is becoming a reality. It's strange to be in neither one place nor another and it's almost as though one's life is in limbo.

Although I studied art at high school and later trained as an art teacher, most of my life has been spent following other career options - more out of circumstance than a specific plan. I have been amongst other things: a landscape gardener; a mosaic artist; a book illustrator; and at one time junior and high school teacher teaching a variety of subjects - English, Maths, and History.
For the last 12 years I have been the owner of a retail shop that has no connection with the "art world" at all.

I taught art formally for relatively short periods, but have lectured and demonstrated for numerous art groups. Although  making art has had to be done alongside other occupations, and has often taken a back seat, I've learnt to be very productive in short bursts when a gap appeared in my day.

I plan to change this and now, eventually, do what I love - paint, draw and teach art.

Tuesday, 24 August 2010

A new beginning...

Art matters - it has mattered all my life and I hope that in this blog I'll give you an idea of the importance it has for me. However, art hasn't always taken centre stage as I have done so many others things along the way.

The creation of this blog marks the beginning of a new stage of my life. My new website is going live today - life is really so exciting - please have a look -
I'll be posting images of new paintings as well as a selection of drawings.I'll be sharing the adventure of the coming months as I face huge changes and new challenges - that's such a creative word for problems don't you think?