Pais­ley School of Art is just what we need

Painter calls for town’s very own study hub

Paisley Daily Express - - Front Page - Kath­leen Speirs

A lick of paint and splash of colour is just what Pais­ley needs.

That’s what one ta­lented Bud­die thinks and she’s on a mis­sion to bring paint­ing to town.

Artist Car­o­line Gorm­ley dreams of open­ing a paint­ing school in the town.

“I have lived in Pais­ley all my life,” Car­o­line said.

“A paint­ing school is ex­actly what this town needs.”

Mak­ing it as an artist wasn’t al­ways easy for the 48 year- old, which is one of her mo­ti­va­tions for set­ting up the school.

“I didn’t of­fi­cially study art till 2011,” she added.

“Be­tween rais­ing chil­dren, look­ing af­ter my par­ents and the lack of fa­cil­i­ties nearby, it just wasn’t pos­si­ble.

“I know bet­ter than most what it feels like to be stuck in a rut and un­able to get out.

“That’s why it’s vi­tal that peo­ple can learn to paint in Pais­ley.”

Along­side fel­low artist Sandy Guy, 55, Car­o­line works out of a stu­dio in Partick.

Famed for her im­pos­ing colour­ful pieces, the Bud­die’s mu­rals are em­bla­zoned across var­i­ous lo­ca­tions in the town.

Her ‘ Bud­die’ mu­ral on Sto­rie Street in the town cen­tre at­tracts crowds from all over Ren­frew­shire de­pict­ing an im­age of mini Bud­die Eva Rose.

Lo­cals will also be fa­mil­iar with one of her most fa­mous works in Pais­ley Gil­mour Street Sta­tion.

The colour­ful cre­ation shows some of the town’s most iconic land­scapes, as well as a ScotRail high speed train.

Her lat­est work, with the help of Sandy is a se­ries of pieces that also show off the best of Ren­frew­shire.

The land­scape paint­ings in­clude snow globes with im­ages of the re­gion’s icons; such as Pais­ley Abbey, St Mir­ren mas­cots and Lin­wood’s Hill­man Imp.

“We thought the idea of a snow globe was a bit novel and fun,” Car­o­line added.

“The paint­ings are up for sale, hope­fully this will drum up some funds to kick start things with the paint­ing school.”

Hav­ing ap­plied for grants and fund­ing, Pais­ley’s paint­ing school would ini­tially run as a nine month pilot project be­fore com­ing to fruition.

Things would only take shape with ad­di­tional fund­ing and premises.

“I’ve been search­ing for some­where to hold the school but so far we’ve had no luck,” Car­o­line said.

“This is why it’s im­por­tant that we get the world out there.”

Pais­ley’s an­swers to Pi­casso are just as wel­come as well to­tal novices at the school.

“Our aim is to make the school to­tally ac­ces­si­ble,” she added.

“Any­one will be able to come along. It won’t just be all about art classes.

“Places like this pro­vide a real hub for the com­mu­nity.

“Pais­ley would ben­e­fit so much from its very own paint­ing school.”

If you would like to help Car­o­line and Sandy on their mis­sion to open the school email car­o­line­gorm­ or call 07793057151.

Wall art Car­o­line’s mu­ral

Paint­ing the town Car­o­line Gorm­ley and Sandy Guy say a paint­ing school is just what Pais­ley needs

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