At times it seemed a struggle to achieve this degree, after so many modules, assessments, essays, and hard work. I could not have done this without the love and support of real friends and peers. Thank you.
11th October 2014 I attended the graduation ceromony, with my daughter Ruby and peers.
What an amazing day, well done all the graduates and a massive thank you to all my mentors, especially my tutor and mentor Pete Newell for his inpsirational encouragement throughout this journey.
I did it!
Wow! What an Night!, thanks to everybody who made it to our exhibition last night, you made it a night to remember. Lots of positive comments from people from all walks of life, and not to forget all the hard work from the staff and students at Petroc too.
Some amazing works of art from Fine Art, Illustration and Ceramics departments.
Well done everybody, and a big thank you to everybody who gave me their love and support throughout.
Hey, thought it was about time I added some news to this page, Ive been so busy with all kinds of exploits.
Ive now past my first year of the Fine Art Degree, whilst still working as a decorator, painting murals (the owls!), an exhibition at St Anne's Chapel in Barnstaple, and sign writing jobs too, my head is spinning! Oh and a saturday Art workshop for kids, an now in planning a working mural trip to europe in august! Phew!
However I am still squeezing in my regular decorating and mural work too, so please still contact me about any commissions you may have or even if you need some advice and I will be happy to help.
I will try to keep updates of any news or pictures of how things are going.
Its been really interesting so far in many ways, going back into a learning enviroment as a mature student has been fun, but not without its pressures too.
If your interested in the picture above, theres a how make an altered book video of my recycled waterfall.
It must be the Ladybird season in Landkey, because there is now an even bigger bug at Ladybirds Daycare, maybe its a relative of the one at the Landkey Bus Shelter?
I would like to say a big thank you to Cathryn McKendrick for giving me the task of transforming the playground, the children now have a very colourful Alphabet Caterpilla, Giant Ladybird with numbers, a winding road for running or riding on, and various flowers and shapes too.
Thanks also to Anne Sutton, and all the other staff who helped shepherd the children away from the tempting wet paint!
And the Biggest thank you goes to all the children!!!
Another interesting commission, this time its a Bus Shelter!
The Landkey Parish Council and Schools approached me to redesign their Bus Shelter.
I used some of the designs the children created from Landkey Primary School, Ladybirds Daycare, and the First Class Pre-school, to create an ejoyable Bus Shelter for the whole village.
Thank you to all those drivers who stopped to say 'Hello' it was nice to meet you all.
The Landkey Bus Shelter now has its own Facebook page, so please visit and give it a thumbs up!
Many thanks to the Caroline, Pete and Tom for commissioning me to transform Tom's Bedroom, Tom wanted a fishy theme, so i set to work. The end result was a sea themed bedroom with all kinds of weird and wonderful fish, plus a couple of cheeky seaguls perched above the door, a very enjoyable project, Thank you.
Many thanks to all the staff who I met at Sticklepath Community School, I had a very enjoyable time teaching the children in classes/year one and two, to draw dragons. All the children did a fantastic job of creating theyre own dragons.
Special thanks to Mrs Harley, Mrs Bazzard, and Mrs Bartlett.
Following the great success of the paintings at Bishops Tawton Primary school, I then recieved a call from Landkey Primary to transform their play grounds too.
The children and staff needed an underwater/ocean theme because each class is named after a sea creature. This was a most enjoyable project and I would like to a say a big thank you to all the staff and children at Landkey School.
During the Easter Holidays I was commissioned to design and paint a new playground for Bishops Tawton Primary School, which was funded by the PTFA, it was a very enjoyable challenge indeed. Classes one and two kindly gave me some sketches of what they would like to see, so i set to work.
The playground was plain tarmac before I started, a blank canvass you might say!
The end result was a very colourful area to play on, including a thirty foot alphabet snake, activity trail, two hopscotches, full size snakes and ladders, and some extra shapes.
I must say the highlight for me was the first day back when the children returned to school.
The children went crazy and are still enjoying it now, playtimes are now a lot more fun, the compliments from the staff and parents were also very encouraging.