MICHELE Webber was told to get a “proper job” when she left school and to put any thoughts of being an artist out of her head.
Hairdressing and a succession of boring copy typing jobs in soulless offices ensued.
Eventually, single mother Michele decided not to suppress her feelings but to follow her initial instincts – and become an artist.
A decade on, working from her Sudbury-based studio, she is a commercial illustrator and runs an over-subscribed art class in Great Cornard helping others to follow their dream.
Now she is working on the first exhibition of her class’s work – called appropriately Pure Class.
Teaching others from scratch and nurturing their talent is something she feels strongly about.
“I had a very disruptive childhood, moving around a lot and attending no less than eight schools,” she said. “Drawing was something I always did, and thoroughly enjoyed.
“But when I left school, I was told it was quite ridiculous to want to be an artist, so I was told to go to secretarial school to get a proper job.
“It was only when I was 30 that I decided to go back to art and to learn how to draw. I am glad I can help other people to help uncover their own artistic talents.”
Michele said the idea to showcase the work by her class came when one of her students visited a local art exhibition and realised some of their work was better.
For the full story see last week’s Free Press.