Very soon it became clear to me that an artist is never completely satisfied.
In my case, definitely happy, after all, these skills had come from ‘no-where’ and clear progress was being made from one piece to the next – how amazing is that! But, when a sculpture is completed you inevitably see where improvements could be made – I guess that this is what drives an artist on….A strong desire to move forward, creating more powerful work.
On top of this I was feeling an increasing need to develop a language and style of my own. I felt that in order to progress I needed to up the ante, to devote more time to my art and find a special place which would both educate and inspire.
I looked at a good number of institutions but in the end precious few felt like the right environment for me. Then, the big break through, I went to see Tanya Russell at The Art Academy in Southwark, London.
The Art Academy is rooted in what I think of as the classical approach where the figurative and realistic schools are valued and where I could also learn art history, drawing and so on to give me depth. The Academy is not afraid to teach artists how to be commercial – It also teaches sculptors the all important practicalities – eg welding, armature making etc
Anyway, luckily enough for me, The Art Academy bought into my passion for sculpture and I was offered a place (started September 2010) – to see how I get on, watch this space!! http://www.artacademy.org.uk
PS Pic to the left – My new welding skills, Distress, an abstract sculpture in steel.