“The bursaries have allowed me to really grow as an artist – both in challenging my working practise and in developing new skills. Both projects also allowed me to work with professionals, enjoy brilliant new experiences and further my creative ability.”
Project 1 – The celebration of a wetland experience – SWLA and Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT) joint bursary.
This work was about a journey with Barnacle geese, from Svalbard via northern Norway to Caerlaverock. For me it was from a starting point at WWT Caerlaverock, which is a transient point for the geese: a middle ground in the cycle, for feeding and breeding, which then takes them to Ny Ålesund in the Arctic.
After time at WWT Caerlaverock, I have become totally engaged by these birds – their behaviour and their very essence, including the incredible journey they undertake every year. A circle of flying, feeding, flying, breeding.
Project 2 – Underwater Award– SWLA and Dorset Wildlife Trust.
The bursary was created to reveal the astonishing diversity and splendour of the undersea world and bring it to a new audience. After learning to dive, I was able to sketch underwater with fish as an audience and create some new work to celebrate this unique and fragile environment.
The bursaries have allowed me to really grow as an artist – both in challenging my working practise and in developing new skills. Both projects also allowed me to work with professionals, enjoy brilliant new experiences and further my creative ability.
Apart from a great boost in confidence, I was able to take all my new knowledge and skills and develop the Goose Gandering Art Club, which ran twice over two years for local first schools. Great fun! Exhibition opportunities increased and I felt far more established as an artist.
My work has become more atmospheric and I now work in a range of media, I am hugely grateful for the chance to learn new skills and enjoy new experiences. Winning a bursary is such a boost in so many ways!