I am a student with the Open College of the Arts, studying for a BA (Hons) Painting degree and currently doing the Drawing foundation course.
I love all kinds of art and enjoy visiting galleries. I have enjoyed drawing and painting over a number of years but very intermittently because of a busy work schedule. From time to time I have gone to study days or workshops and have loved attending a life class in Bakewell with Diane Kettle and have also done a a couple of online courses with Tara Leaver. I am quite well read and have taught a few short adult education classes.
In July 2016 I retired and this has given me the opportunity to be more focused and to develop my own practice and learning. Starting the OCA course, although daunting in some respects (will I be good enough, won’t other people be far better than me, can I really draw/paint) fulfills a long term dream to undertake a programme which offers a structure to discover and develop my own style, skills and knowledge.
I am married to Helen and we live near Crewe, Cheshire. We have five adult children and six grandchildren who live in different parts of UK and Dublin. I enjoy spending time with my grandchildren aged from 2 – 8 yrs and from whom I learn lots about drawing and painting and other crafty activities.