Artwork for Sharon Brookes
Mother and Son
I am primarily attracted to colour, texture and form, whether observing these through a lens or capturing a likeness in paint or textiles. I enjoy working in mixed media across different genre as I love to experiment with different subjects and styles. Currently, I am developing a series of animal paintings and I am thoroughly enjoying depicting the fine details and characters of the animals.
I am a life-long advocate of the arts and strongly believe that the arts should be available to all in order to enhance self-expression and develop different viewpoints on the world. As a practising artist and educator, this has been my main objective.
I would describe myself as a Fine Artist, although I have notable experience working in the mediums of photography and textiles.
My background is in education. I hold fully qualified teacher status with over 25 years' experience of teaching in a range of educational settings. I have led several art departments as well as held roles as teacher-trainer and examination board moderator. I have recently relocated to Herefordshire to develop a studio and run a new business from this base. My business is named Backbury House Retreats and offers creative courses in painting, photography and creative mindfulness.
I achieved a BA (Hons) in fine art and textiles in 1993 from the University of East London. Following this, I went on to complete a Post Graduate Certificate in Education at Cambridge University in 1996. My first teaching role was as Head of Art at Hockerill Anglo-European College in Hertfordshire. My career as a successful art teacher and art department leader has spanned several decades now. Underpinning my teaching career, I have been a practising artist which, not only develops my own practice, but also informs my teaching roles.
Although I have regularly exhibited my work alongside my students in educational settings, I have not yet exhibited solo. Now that I have relocated to Herefordshire to open my own studio, I hope to achieve this goal regularly.
In addition to the Herefordshire Art Week open studios event, all of my work is available to purchase through my website or by appointment at my studio. I am also available for private and public commissions as well as for private tuition.