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The beginning

December 16, 2010

My schooling in rural France (1945 to 1958) was completely devoid of artistic opportunities. Music lessons consisted of learning the lives of famous composers, textile lessons were all about making and embroidering baby clothes, making house linen and repairing socks and underwear. Art lessons mostly allowed you only to use lead pencils. These sessions were very scarce anyway and deemed not important in the general curriculum.

As a result, by the time I reached adulthood, my interest in creative arts was negligible. University, marriage, parenthood, hectic professional life meant that I could not make time for any private pursuit. I developed a strong interest in the arts but only as a spectator. Then came retirement and health issues culminating in heart surgery.

Convalescence.

Boredom.

Totally by accident, I started dabbling in watercolours and attempted to join a class. My continuing  health issues prevented me from making a serious start but eventually, in 2002, I came across a Botanical Watercolour painting class and the rest is history!

I had at last found an outlet for my passionate interest in plants and my desire to express myself in an art form. As my health was deteriorating further, the botanical element of the course also addressed my frustration at not being able to fully manage my garden anymore.

I am currently preparing for a Diploma in Botanical Illustration with SWSBA (South West Society of Botanical Artists).

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Sally Pinhey February 9, 2011 at 10:04 am

Good luck with the Diploma, Annie.
Your work is lovely, spontaneous and strong.

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