Artwork by Paul Ward
I am 43 years old, married no kids living in the north of England. I started taking my art seriously when I turned 40. For me art offers way out of my daily work and issues. I paint each day and sketch each evening. 2 years ago I discovered Cesar Santos and his work has changed the way I look at art. For me the classical approach is the only approach that I believe is worth the effort.
My greatest challenges (apart from juggling work and family) has been gaining decent knowledge as to how to achieve what I want in art. There are so many poor websites and courses that I have found this a real challenge. Combined with having a small income means money spent on art has to be carefully thought about. For me however I would rather spend the £30 on a Andrew Dixon art book than go out for a meal. Almost all of my disposable income is spent on art and I am fortunate that this has to some extent rewarded me as I have in the last year sold a dozen pieces of work and now have my work in 2 art galleries.
To learn even half the information that the classical painters understood as a basic without having the cost of attending an ateliar would be great. This is where Old Masters Academy TM come in. This seems to be the only real course that has structure and has content that is going to deliver on teaching how to paint like the old masters. If I could win this course it would be amazing to gain all this knowledge!
If people are kind enough to vote for me I will create a wordpress blog allowing people to see my progress and upload all the work I have produced on my Instagram account, wardpaul1976. If people vote for me they are giving me a chance to make it in the professional and highly competitive art market, or so I hope.