1. How did you first get involved with the Glynn Vivian?
I like to go to life drawing at the Swansea Print Workshop and it was there I first heard about the 55+ group at the Glynn Vivian. The project was modelling clay heads and so I went along. I enjoyed it so much that attending is now a permanent part of my week.
2. What have you gained from your time with the gallery?
Before joining the gallery I painted in isolation I didn’t know any other artists. The 55+ group gave me the opportunity to make friends with artists of different abilities. The projects using different media, the varied themes and the support and guidance I received soon sparked my enthusiasm and improved my confidence.
3. Can you tell us about your most memorable experience?
After one of the exhibitions Tom Goddard asked me to loan the gallery 3 of my paintings as one of the city councillors wanted to hang them in his office. This was a big boost to my confidence.
4. What’s happening for you next?
A 3 year degree in illustration at University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) .
5. Has the gallery changed your perspective in any way?
Three years ago I would never have dreamt of doing an art degree, I was lonely, directionless and isolated. The support and encouragement I received at the gallery has helped me focus on my work and has led directly to me having the opportunity to pursue a new life. The most important thing I’ve learnt is no matter how old you are you can still achieve amazing goals. All you need is a little help from your friends!