What started as a hobby be­came a full-time job

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - UK & World Update -

Ar­dron, from Peter­bor­ough, started paint­ing in her late teens, and is tak­ing part in the event for the third year run­ning.

“I wasn’t some­one who painted in school, and I was about 19 be­fore I got go­ing. I took it up sim­ply as a hobby and con­tin­ued through­out my twen­ties,” she said.

It was not un­til a few years of paint­ing had passed that Ann re­alised she might have some­thing more than a hobby.

“Peo­ple started say­ing that I should take it se­ri­ously, but I was do­ing other things un­til my late 30s. now, how­ever, I am a full-time painter and sell through gal­leries and events.”

Mostly work­ing in wa­ter­colour and acrylics for her large land­scape pieces and pas­tels for smaller por­traits, Ann has found her per­fect ma­te­ri­als to bring her paint­ings to life.

“I like to fo­cus on ru­ral land­scapes and na­ture, such as trees and re­flec­tions on wa­ter,” she said.

“I try to recre­ate the beauty of the land­scape and high­light things that you might not al­ways no­tice.”

Ann be­lieves a bit of pa­tience can draw out the in­ner artist many of us feel we don’t have.

“Peo­ple are of­ten put off at school if they are told, or as­sume, that they can’t paint or draw,” she said.

“It is thought that you ei­ther have it or you don’t, but I don’t be­lieve this is the case.

“There are a lot of tech­niques that you can learn and with prac­tice, you can re­ally progress. With things like art and mu­sic, peo­ple are less pa­tient and if they can not do it in­stantly, they give up, which is a shame.”

On the Open Stu­dios event, Ann said: “The great thing about see­ing an artist in their own stu­dio is that you get to view a wider range of work than if they were at a gallery or ex­hi­bi­tion.

“I re­ally love it, and used to go around my­self as a viewer be­cause I en­joyed see­ing the artists and their work.

“The best part for a viewer is be­ing able to speak to the artists them­selves, as it can re­ally bring a piece of art­work to life.”

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