I am an artist and teacher of adult art enthusiasts in North Somerset. Originally a secondary school teacher in Kingston upon Thames (Head of ADT faculty at Tiffin Girls' School).
In my classes Creativity, Company and Community are key. Art in this context doesn't have to be exclusive, or full of meaning, depth and psychology. If it feels good, do it - if you're happy with it, then it's perfect. A flower painted in a village hall has as much value as a masterpiece to me... because it feels good to paint and it has been done amongst friends in a lovely environment.... It's hard to move out of the 'will they like it?' mentality as that can be limiting, and when you do then you can express yourself freely, worry less about the outcome and simply enjoy the journey. Have Fun!
In my own work I look for the 'essence' of my subject- that little bit of magic which will show the personality of the sitter, or the atmosphere of the place. It can be elusive; is it a colour? a mark? an expression? a composition? an angle? Perhaps all of these, and none, and of course each viewer will percieve the images differently.
Please contact me regarding classes, and commissions- watercolour, acrylics, pastels, inks, pencil, charcoal.