Artist's Drawing and Inspiration

Why I started Painting

I have always been creative. From about the age of 12 I started making and designing my own clothes and continued to do this right through to adulthood. My brother was the artist in the family and, being two years older, his paintings were always a lot better than mine. It wasn’t until my youngest child was about 18 months old that I decided to attend an art course to provide some ‘me time’. Here I learnt all about drawing and tried my hand at pencil portraits of family members. Nothing like starting out with a hard subject matter! We were taught all about tone, shadows, highlights and perspective.

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