Since I arrived to live and work in Purbeck, Dorset at the end of August 2016 my life has changed several times.
September to November 2016
School teacher continuing into my 29th year as a teacher.
November 2016 to January 2017
Nervous breakdown (two in fact) and looking for a new direction.
January 31 2017 to present
Start to use the term artist for myself and producing work and selling it to others
March 2017 to September 2019
Seasonal job for Wareham Boat Hire, using my knowledge of kayaking and rowing especially. Working 6 months of the year outdoors and often standing in the river Frome.
September 2016 to October 2019
Joined and rowed with Swanage Sea Rowing Club and got to see the Jurassic coast from the water.
November 2016 to present
Attended Swanage Depression Support Group and then Wareham Depression Support Group and now act as fill in facilitator for Wareham.
July 2019 to present
Got involved in retraining at my own kayaking skills and developing a new love for sea kayaking which is now going to replace gig rowing for my water sports time.
The change from Geography teacher to artist has been the biggest change. I have now taken part as an Open Studio in Purbeck Art Weeks (PAW) for three consecutive years. I now have my work in the Purbeck Artisan Yard in Wareham where I joined the co-operative in March 2018. I currently have a solo exhibition in the cafe at RSPB Arne due to the link with PAW. I have work with a friend’s business in Lytchett Minster. I am about to take part in my third Artisans on the Beach in Swanage, the last two of which have been as a member of the organising working party. This weekend on November 2nd I took the keys of a shop in Swanage in partnership with one of my fellow Artisan Yard artists. So now a part time shopkeeper.
This new role means that the boat job will go as I am only willing to work part time so that Anne and I can enjoy the remainder of the week doing activities together.
So let’s see where the new adventure leads . . .