Achieving an artistic dream

Art in the making ... Michele Webber is showcasing the talents of her art class in the Pure Class exhibition in Sudbury next month.
Art in the making ... Michele Webber is showcasing the talents of her art class in the Pure Class exhibition in Sudbury next month.

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.