I’ve been a painter for 20 years. In 2016 I started to explore Iconography because I thought it might inspire my art practice; at that time I was painting abstract canvases with Christian liturgical/ spiritual subject matter. Taking that step led to my decision to train as an Iconographer, and I put all other aspects of my art practice aside to give 100% to this endeavour. My prayers were answered in June when I was offered a place at The Prince’s Foundation School of Traditional Arts on the three-year Icon Painting Certificate course. It’s such an honour to be learning from the world renowned Iconographer, and wonderful teacher, Aidan Hart.
Back in August I applied for a scholarship from the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust and, following a trip to London on a wet and windy November day, I was delighted to hear that I’d been successful.
So, I’m now a QEST scholar. The award means that my course fees are secure and I’m able to devote more time to studying it but it also brings so much more as it comes with a whole package of ongoing support. I’m honoured to be part of a network of craftspeople, artists and artisans keeping traditional crafts alive in Britain. You can found out more about the QEST scholarships here .
In the new year you will find my profile on the QEST website alongside the other 2019 alumni, and you can read about us all in the next issue of QEST magazine. I will be posting more news about this.