Lancashire Life - - ART LIFE -

Learning to be a true artist in the style of the old Masters can’t be done in a rush, says Tom Boyle who has opened an ate­lier in Lan­caster

AN artist starv­ing in a gar­ret doesn’t de­scribe Tom Boyle’s life – af­ter all his stu­dio is above a Lan­caster café which serves tasty breakfasts and lunches four days a week. But there are sim­i­lar­i­ties – Tom uses tra­di­tional tech­niques dat­ing back to the Old Masters to teach peo­ple how to draw and paint; his stu­dio is on the third floor of an old building with views over rooftops in the heart of his­toric Lan­caster and, per­haps more im­por­tantly, he be­lieves that peo­ple need to learn how to draw be­fore they can be true artists.

‘There are ex­cep­tions of course,’ he says, cit­ing Mark Rothko as an artis­tic ge­nius, but

Works in progress in Tom’s stu­dio

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