It is very common for pages about the artist to start with something like: "I have been drawing for as long as I could hold a pencil...." Well, with me that is not the case. I came to art very late in life but having got here it feels like it was always meant to be.
I was born on the Island of Malta in 1953, the youngest of a family of five children. My eldest brother studied, and for a time even taught, art but I never thought of art as a career. I was more inclined towards literature and the theater, reading a degree in English at the University of Malta.
I was one of the lucky ones in my generation. The day after I finished my final exams I started working in the news room of our national broadcasting station. My first job was as translator of news bulletins into English but in no time at all I was assigned as a TV and radio journalist and in less than a year I was anchoring news and was producing and presenting my own current affairs programme. It was a relatively brief career though... I left work for marriage and a family.
Ten years and three kids later I was itching to get back into the world of work. I went back to university, this time to study....law! Qualifying as Legal Procurator I practiced for twelve years and then decided it was time to retire again, or almost.
Four years into this semi retirement, and at the urging of a very dear friend of mine, I discovered art. I did not seek formal training - the internet has been my school and my internet friends my most valued teachers, critics and advisers.
I first started with graphite and did some very interesting work but soon I was longing for colour. I moved to coloured pencils which I still use when I am seeking particular effects but very soon I bumped into soft pastels and it was love at first dusty touch! I have since moved to acrylics and oils but one feature of my art is a constant......colour is my joy.
At this point in time my style is one that veers between soft realism and more abstract expressionism but there is no saying that that will never change... I myself am still a work in progress and will remain so till I breathe my last!
I use many different mediums, from pencils to pastels, acrylics and oils. I believe that working in a single medium is restrictive to my artistic process. Each idea manifests in its own individual style.
Inspiration can come at any time and from any experience.... sometimes when you least expect it. I keep my eyes, my mind and my heart open, watching, observing, feeling...
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