We all have our reasons for making art and we are all unique. The key is tapping into your passions and staying true to who you are. Working to your strengths and carving out your own place in the world.
I have worked in the creative industries for more than 20 years. In that time I have worn the hat of Product Development for homewares, Studio Director for an in-person art studio, Fine Arts Degree Student and Artist – which all lead me to become the founder of United ArtSpace and host of the Your Art Matters podcast.
My early career was spent studying higher-level Business.
I went from job to job feeling pretty lost and my ADHD and Dyslexia diagnosis was a huge turning point for me.
I was reading books about my diagnosis and apparently, I should be creative as this is typical. This got me asking, why am I not creative ??? At that moment I realised I had not made art since I failed my grades at school.
I launched myself into art courses and landed a great job in a homewares design team spending 3 incredible years developing products such as bedding, curtains, and cushions.
I loved this job, but with no official design qualifications, my chances of promotion were zero.
I decided to take a sabbatical from work and become a full-time art student. I spent six years exploring art and my voice, which also served as great therapy.
When I graduated, like most people, I had no idea what to do next. Even after studying business, I didn’t put art and business together.
I missed my university friends and being around creatives, so after applying for every available job and getting nowhere, I decided to open my own art studio. A place where artists came together to create art. United Artspace was born.
Today United ArtSpace has become an international art platform that has served tens of thousands of people from all over the world. I have created courses, workshops, podcasts and videos for nearly a decade to help artists grow confidence to be the artist they have the potential to be.
I have received hundreds, if not thousands of messages over the years to say how United Artspace has changed their lives.
Art is powerful, it heals, evokes, and helps us both question and understand.
Without a doubt, art saved me. Art pulled me up from a dark hole of despair, a life filled with panic attacks and self-doubt.
Art helped me find myself, art helped me heal, and art has led me on the most incredible journey ever.
That is where my passion for connecting people who love making art comes from. Having a community is so powerful—as we are stronger together.
I love helping people unlock their potential and help them make a living doing what they love.
"Thank you doesn’t cut what I feel today, finishing up the bits and pieces on the 7 keys course and feeling excited. Thank you so much for having the courage to write all this stuff down when you did, for investing years of time, sweat, and heart into this program. You are changing lives, you really are. I am so so SO grateful to you and Team UAS."
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