My story so far and turning my dreams into a reality…
Art was always part of me. Since I can remember I used drawing as therapy, unbeknown to me at the time but it has always been my release. After battling health problems since being young, art was always there to distract me. During school, I struggled with my mental health, and art was the only subject I enjoyed. However back then I still hated following the curriculum, I always wanted to do my own thing. That’s the thing, I am stubborn. Is that a good or a bad thing? Who knows. But I always knew I was going to work for myself and be in a job I loved one day. I was always told “you will never get a job you love” and my response was always “you’ll see…” . In 2018 a relative asked me to paint a portrait for her new home, an abstract wolf to be exact. I was then asked to do a portrait of a dog, and from there it blew up to the point I was backed up for months on end with commissions for dogs, cats, horses, which I was painting from my bedroom at my parents home. I loved it.
Then, my world got turned upside down. I was taken seriously ill at the end of 2018 and spent several weeks in hospital. The silver lining among the incredibly dark cloud was my ‘light bulb’ moment: I resolved to become a full time artist. And I did! In August of 2019 I acquired my first ever studio which enabled me to create and experiment with bigger pieces, different styles and indulge my passion for abstract painting. My commissions had gone from strength to strength, with added sales from my stock paintings and prints. Unfortunately, in September of 2019 I was taken back to hospital with another episode of my health problems that sent me there the year before. In October 2019 I had a lobectomy, which resulted in more time off work and unfortunately caused me to miss my first ever exhibition. I was finally able to get back to work just before Christmas 2019, and I was so happy. However, life had a different plan for me at that time, and again I got really poorly with my iatrogenic skin condition (TSW) in January of 2020 which meant i had to put down my paintbrushes for 6 months.
I am still fighting my health problems, but I will never let it get in the way of my dreams. It has only pushed me further, and instead of knocking me back, it has given me more motivation to be successful. Art has saved me on more than one occasion, and i will continue to use it as my therapy for now and in my future. You see, art means more to me than just paint on a canvas. To me it means freedom, it means happiness, and by being able to paint, it means I am defying all odds that I would ever make it as an artist.
I appreciate the support of you guys so much. I will be forever grateful for you allowing me to pursue my dream.
So, enjoy browsing my website and feel free to chat to me about a commission or arrange a time call into the studio for a coffee and a look at my work up close. I love meeting you guys!
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- Annie Xx