The beginning.

In 2008, with my children growing up, I decided the time was right to get back to my art. I felt a little rusty after all those years of not creating and so I looked around for any courses in my local area. One day I happened upon an open day for Tywyn Art Group and walked through the door and introduced myself. The rest, as they say, is history. I became a member of the group and it was through them that I found out about Lifelong Learning at Aberystwyth University.

I began a watercolour course with them and I was hooked. I loved the learning environment and, through my tutor, I was encouraged to apply to study for a Certificate of Higher Education in Art & Design (equivalent to the 1st year of a degree). In the six years I spent working towards the certificate I learned an incredible amount and gained some much-needed self-confidence. Gaining the certificate meant I qualified for entry to Aberystwyth University and thanks to the Welsh Government and Student Finance I was able to afford to continue on to gain my degree. So that’s how we get to today. I am now a fully enrolled student studying for a BA in Fine Art with Art History. I am proof that it’s never too late to follow your dreams!

Published by Tracy J Hughes

English artist living and working in Wales. A BA and MA Fine Art graduate from Aberystwyth University. Working in acrylic paint and coloured pencil creating still lifes and beach scenes.

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