Artwork by Claire Zanelli
I am a half Kiwi half Italian living in London. I spent a lot of my life in Italy and from a young age have had a reverence and a fascination of the old masters. yes I am always that person with my face tight in a painting at a gallery trying to memorise the mastery and make it my own.
I moved to London almost eight years ago especially for the opportunities an artist can have here. We are so lucky to have so many incredible galleries open to us for free! This is one of the most creative places in the world and I love it! I am an art teacher at a secondary school and spend the rest of my time with my oils, painting and dreaming of a life where I am a professional artist.
It is hard to put into words the place that art has in my life. For me it is intrinsic and I don’t think I ever ‘discovered’ it. It has just always been. I don’t paint because I can- I paint because I can’t not! Art is a language I understand, and a language that is ever evolving. It allows me to make sense of the world and explore meaning in my own existence and that of others.
Every time I pick up a paintbrush it is an artistic challenge. How do I match that skin tone? How do I portray that emotion? How do I make someone think when they look at my work?
I have spent many years researching and experimenting with various techniques and subject matter related to the old masters. It has taken me to a certain place in my work but now I feel I am plateauing and need a bit of extra help to hone my craft and take it from good to incredible. This is why I would love to win the Old Masters Academy art course.
I was very excited when I discovered Old Masters Academy. It is accessible and kind (and I have been to art school- kindness is not always at the forefront of critiques!). It is a place that nurtures lifelong learning and has created a niche for people who have patience in their work and are not content with the next quick Instagram art craze.
I cannot say why people should vote for me over others to win this course. I’m sure there are many deserving people who have applied alongside me. All I know is that whether I win this competition or not, whether I reach my dream of becoming a professional or not, I will continue to paint and continue to learn.