Now I can call myself an Artist!!
Business studies assessor and learning mentor turned artist; it’s taken me a long time to get here, and Cancer 2 years ago was the catalyst for finally concentrating on my art.
Mum was a professional artist * so I have always drawn and painted but it wasn’t until my own family grew up that I studied art with Open College of the Arts. I found my love in printmaking so decided to graduate with a Diploma in Creative Art and transferred to the Certificate course at Curwen Print Study Centre near Cambridge. I haven’t looked back since and still print there regularly. I was thrilled to have work exhibited in the Royal Academy Summer Exhibitions of 2018 and 2019.
My favourite techniques are lino, collagraph and screen. Music, figures and flowers seem to occur regularly in my work.
I adopted “artwisestella” as my working name at the beginning of my studying as an aspiration, and a direction. Art has kept me sane through many of life’s vicissitudes so I definitely believe in it’s healing power, and hope that a bit of wisdom has rubbed off along the way.
My teaching life hasn’t left me – I love creating and leading workshops, encouraging others to benefit from the well-being that springs from being creative, especially in company.
* The family has made a tribute website to Mum’s work http://www.mary-want.co.uk and reproduction prints are available through http://www.posterlounge.co.uk
Can I buy a copy of your work currently on display at RA?
I’ve been so touched by the responses to my work. Yes, is the answer – I have had it professionally photographed and prints made. I’m just about to update my post which will give you details. Thanks so much for getting in touch.