Artwork by Anne Sheppard
Talking about myself is not a comfortable conversation to have. It is not that I feel sorry for myself, but I often berate my self for not seeming to produce more work. I studied Art at school, Art school and college and the promptly changed track to that all familiar territory of earning a regular living.
I am 56 woman who leads a quiet life, reading, writing, gardening, sewing, cooking and a keen amateur astronomer. I have a part time retail job, with the bonus of excellent and supportive friends and family.
Art is imperative to my daily life. I find the very actions of drawing or painting to be the ultimate cohesion of hard work and relaxation. I can work on a piece at any time of the day and still have butterflies at the thought of shutting out the world and mixing the paint. Being any kind of artist or creative person can be a solitary, even lonely profession or hobby, but it is embedded in my very being, albeit in a very quiet and private way. …