i have always practiced art throughout school but never studied it as a student. my daughter inspired me to try oils about 10 years ago and i really enjoyed it. i have over a hundred canvas that i’ve done since the birth of my daughter. having done so many i decided to display them by opening up my own gallery called Original Artwork located in Midsomer Norton near Bath, and close to where i live in Westfield, Radstock. i have had this gallery for 3 years as well as been a participant at the Gardeners Lodge at the Holbourne Museum.
always when i’m ill or in hospital the first things i do to recover is smoke and art. i find this helps me start again from low points and there have been a few. the reason for the gallery is to normalise my lifestyle and have a career as well as be a mummy and inspire my children.
its the ideal work home life that fits in with my children and what i want to do with my life. its hard as building a reputation and being discovered takes time. i don’t know what i want to achieve other than integrate myself into the community and area by putting down roots and being able to interact with people normally again. thus moving on from my mental health experience.
not that i can ever forget but that i can move on into a new phase of life having been discharged and considered independent with my life to live. art to me is about expression, recognition and identity. its everywhere in life and done from some very talented people. i find a lot of artists i admire for the attitude and livelihood.
the lived experience of being an artist in every form. from appearance and dress to talent and ability. i know for some fame is never a part of it and making a living as an artist is very hard. most people see it more as a hobby than a way to pay the bills.
but the dream is real for all of us. just how not why on how to make a dream come true then realise that dream once its achieved. for me having a gallery is that but unfortunately making ends meet and being involved with people like at school is what i’m trying to achieve. to connect with other artists in a very restricted surreal environment where the mass public or niche is ready to support me in this venture, would be ideal.
its all about people. inspiring, sharing, communicating and connecting with shared interests and ideas, not all about money, reputation and prestige. we live in modern and changing times and producing art for me is about people being allowed to have a valued opinion whatever it is.
often seeing art can enlighten and brighten as well as educate, telling a story and documenting history. a visual record where everybody has there own taste, likes and dislikes to decorate or instil pride as well as capacity and competency.
art can be a lot of things and being arty isn’t restricted to visual or physical but can be heard and used from politics to culture and is why i do it. for me its the quickest way to explain myself to other people and to use a medium that will outlive my body and life that shows people who i am and they can use to know me.