I think I should say a little more about myself, so that if anyone out there does come upon this, you will get to know me a bit better. I went to Herefordshire College of Art and Design, way back in 1980 to do a one year Foundation Course. Following this, I attended Maidstone College of Art, where I graduated with BA (hons) in Graphic Design. Have you noticed that almost every college / higher education estabilshment has a trendy new name now? It's so confusing......Anyway, my time at Maidstone was rather grim, as I didn't particularly enjoy the course. I studied 'Communication Design', and spent a lot of time in a grant enlarger (remember them?) and making PMT's (that's photo mechanical transfer, not pre-menstrual tension!) All I could think about was that students on the prestigious Illustration course were doing much more exciting things, and I was frustrated and sad most of the time. Oh, if only I could turn the clock back, I would not have wasted all that time, but seized the opportunity and listened to all the great lecturers we had. Hindsight is a wonderful thing, however, so I left Maidstone and became a Community Worker, mainly in the field of mental health - where I still am to this day. In 1995 I attended the Cardiff Institute of Higher Education (yes, it has a new name now too!) and did a one year PGCE in Art and Design. This equipped me to become an Art teacher in a secondary school - Yikes! How scary is that!
Actually, it was OK being an art teacher, as you were able to be more laid-back and a 'cool' teacher, but it was still pretty full-on at times, and all this kind of makes you just want to be by yourself, somewhere warm and secure, with nice country views and the furry types of friends who eat mice and sleep a lot....... Solitude, peace and silence; these are the things I crave now. Just to be left relatively alone to draw and paint, and think my own thoughts.......bliss!