I like to think of myself as a local budding artist. I have always enjoyed creating art works and, since I retired 3 years ago, I have been to art classes to develop my talents. I work in oils, watercolour, acrylics and pen and ink.
I have had 4 commissions recently and most of my work is for sale.
Example of Alyson’s work below:
As a child I spent most of my time drawing, and eventually chose to study art at college. But then life more or less overcame art and I, apart from a few terms at night class in the early 90’s, had no time for any real arty pursuits.
This changed when I found a weekly art class about 19 months ago, which I actually heard about from Alyson Baggaley at a U3A meeting. This class has re-awakened my love of drawing and painting and I am amazed at just how much work I have managed to do in such a short time.
Thank you U3A members for your positive comments on my work in July 2012.
Primarily, I would like to state that I do not think of myself as an “artist,” whatever connotations the word might have. I class myself as “expressionist,” i.e. my work does not follow any one particular art genre or any stylised themes. I merely express my thoughts and feelings through the interpretation and representation of any subject matter that catches my attention. Consequently, I cannot be classed as a “Cubist”, “Fauvist”, “Realist”, “Impressionist”, etc etc. I have never been trained as an “artist” or attended any art classes, but I would hope that the broad spectrum of observers may find some appealing aspects in my endeavours.
Many thanks from me to those who imparted favourable comments about my work, but I can equally accept adverse criticism without resentment: since as the old adage expounds: “You can’t please all of the people, all of the time!”
My interest in photography started when my eldest son Graeme was born. That was in 1965 and I joined Seaham photographic society shortly afterwards. Photography became something of a passion for about 18 years during which time I had a messure of success in various competitions. I then gave it up completely untill 2000 when I bought a digital camera. I am now trying to pass on some of the hints and tips I have picked up over the years, to the happy band of photographers who form our Photography Group.