When I started the programme, I planned to develop my textile art, but everything changed the moment I came to the College.
The introductory weekend reawakened my passion and excitement for drawing and painting and I haven't stopped drawing since.
Last year I took a course with Caroline Wendling. We walked through the West Dean estate, sketching the landscape as we went, drawing from memory how the landscape made us feel. At the time, I was working on A3 paper and Caroline suggested I work bigger, taping two A1 sheets together. My drawings are expressive but the small scale was restricting me. The size was daunting but once I started I realised how the space gave me much more freedom.
I believe that the final picture I drew on her course is one of the best drawings I've done. Without her support and encouragement I would never have tried it.
I've come to realise that my art is a process and I need to allow myself to draw and paint naturally instead of being constrained by a pre-determined image of how I expect the final piece to look. I tend to have a strong idea of the finished picture but know that it doesn't always work out that way. I've learnt that my pictures evolve and I'm trying to be much looser and free to let my pictures develop. To do this I need to trust my art and not be influenced by how others do things. But that's really hard to do.
I'll complete the FDAD in July. I want to continue to study as this gives me space to experiment and grow as an artist. I have a room at home in Cornwall where I can work but I'd really like to find a studio and somewhere to exhibit my work. My aim is to be a working artist and the FDAD has given me choice in what I do next.