Maria Shuttleworth

As a child, I loved drawing and colouring, and art was my favourite subject at primary school. My grammar school managed to crush my creativity, telling me I was ‘not allowed to do art’. 30 years later I joined the first of many night school and adult education art classes, meeting several inspirational tutors and good friends. Five years ago I joined Dudlow Drawing Board run by John Minnion. With his encouragement and the support of my fellow group members, I’ve been able to improve my drawing and observational skills, and gained enough confidence to experiment with new styles, colours and materials.