This Artist’s Journey
Mixed Media Study 1986
That evening in October arrived and I set off the 14 miles for my first art class. Half way over, I had second thoughts - What was I doing? I know nothing about art? I really can’t draw a straight line? I know nobody! But I decided I’d try it out for one night and if I didn’t like it I wouldn’t bother going back! No harm done.
In the classroom, the tutor had a still life set up with a big leafy green plant and a jug, and the only instruction we received were - “Now draw that!”. I looked in horror. I seriously did not know how to make a mark that would resemble what was in front of me so the tutor came to my help and said “Just draw what is in front of you, nothing else. Start making marks with your pencil” - and so began my love affair with Art, painting, drawing, creating…That night when I got home I drew the television screen, the ornaments on top of it, I even took the ‘Brasso’ tin to bed and drew it!!! Oh my word I had found my passion alright!
I stayed with this group and we painted and exhibited regularly and I had a few solo exhibitions which were really, really pushing me to a new place, one I wanted to try and get to - living and working full time at my art. It was a case of following the breadcrumbs, my curiosity, it never occurred to me when I set off that first night that I would continue until I went on to study Fine Art in college. I was awarded my honours Degree in 2004 from Limerick College of Art & Design, one of Ireland’s best art colleges and one of my proudest days was receiving my degree.
You can view my paintings on my website here: www.siobhancoxcarlos.com/original-painting
Til we meet again!