Tell US about you and your art
I’m a painter, I mostly work in oils and paint portraits and figures. Emotion, colour and movement are the elements I like to maximise in my work. I have studied traditional techniques, but I like to add my own interpretation.
What was life like before you found THE UNITED ARTSPACE HUB?
I had no confidence because I had no direction. I was always trying to please everyone and painting in different styles. I was trying to sell in the wrong place, which I was vaguely aware of bit didn’t know why, and would blame myself.
What have you found most useful during your time in the Hub?
The seven keys underpin all my thinking now, but the community gives so much more. We can learn from each other and be inspired by each other. It’s a really special place
What HAS BEEN YOUR BIGGEST LESSON?
My confidence has risen hugely because I can see where I’m going and I know I don’t have to be anything but myself. I still have a way to go, but I also know that’s ok.
Where are you now compared to when you joined?
My mindset is far stronger, I believe in myself, I feel supported in a network of like-minded people. I am more organised, I go out and talk to people I normally wouldn’t have, I push myself. I am becoming my true self. Not quite there yet, but getting there.
What has this made possible for you?
Permission to be myself
Did you have any hesitations about joining The Hub?
I had no hesitation as the stages of being an artist that Michelle described immediately resonated with me. I’d spent the previous few years stumbling through them unknowingly. It was so good to see a path through, truly a lightbulb moment.
If so, how has that perception changed now your are a member?
It has affirmed my confidence being in the hub.
Do you have a message for anyone thinking of joining us?
It’s crucial to have this kind of support network for your confidence and direction. Just do it.
If you could send advice back to yourself 3 years ago, what would you tell yourself?
Believe in yourself and be you…you are enough.