Wild Thyme Studio by Susan Whatling BA(hons), MAed, PGCE
Art as passion, career or hobby?
Whether you’ve always had an interest in art, or have just come to realise that you’d like to give it a go then good for you. Making the first move can be daunting, like many things in life but compared to the regret of not doing it, well you tell me?
While at school, I began selling ink drawings of architecture in the landscape and local Suffolk images for a colouring book.
Art and design consistently contribute to my life, offering me an outlet, giving a voice and raising hopes for alternative possibilities. It offers me a unique way of sharing the world with others.
After working as an architectural technician, I studied Architecture for a year which in turn grew my passion for design. I was so utterly inspired by the traditional C17th and C18th Grand Tour, that a friend and I headed to Europe for a summer with only our backpacks and sketchbooks.
I worked in design for a few years; designing interiors, sometimes gardens and later, bespoke furniture.
In 1998, as a postgraduate from Homerton College, Cambridge, I was ready to teach Art and Design. There is no teaching without learning and so for the best part of twenty years I have been involved in education. A few years ago, I successfully completed my MA in Education, while furthering my development and progression in printmaking.
Squeezed into those years, I became a proud mum, and I continued to paint; murals indoor and outdoors, landscape paintings, animal portraits and a variety of design work, some of which has been displayed and sold locally in galleries.
Most recently, I’ve been involved in the creative design/artwork for the book: Your Guide to Early Honda Motorcycles and the David Silver Honda Collection, written by Roger Etcell and printed by Leiston Press.
Currently, I am a part time member of the Sudbourne Park Printmakers.
Some of my pieces are now in private collections, including Europe and the United States.
I look forward to hearing from you.