As a mature (very) student, I gained a BSc in Art History and Theory from Essex University. This has helped with my enthusiasm for photography and more recently, with being a member of the Library Art Group.
I was rubbish at art at school but loved it. I still love it and am not quite so rubbish – there has been improvement!
As well as running the Camera Club and drawing, I am an active walker, and with others help to organize walks for the Group. This gives an opportunity to take more photos and to look for suitable vistas to draw. I have been in France for almost six years, most of those have been spent renovating our home – now complete thus giving me time to be retired. Before retirement, Media Evaluation kept me busy. A job which was varied and enjoyable – reading articles for and about clients in a wide range of publications.
Previously I had been a “mum at home”, worked for Loss Adjusters, Structural Engineers, the Metropolitan Police and May & Baker…… Hailing from good old Essex, we moved further and further out of Essex, ending on the Suffolk Coast, just a ten minute walk from the North Sea: quite different from the middle of France.
A degree in Psychology followed by a career in Human Resources has encouraged the enjoyment I get from dealing with people. Patience, both with myself and others, is a strong point.
I’ve had to learn both English and French as an adult, and am more than aware of all the difficulties. Over the last 12 years, with the assistance of a French neighbour, I have organised and given French classes, at intermediate level, in our village hall. I am now having fun helping a small group of beginners coaching French at the English Library.
I was born in Milan in 1948. In my twenties I moved to work in London, where I stayed for 30 years. My wife and I moved to the Limousin in 2004, and we enjoy giving our horses and dogs the freedom afforded by the unspoilt French countryside, and also getting involved in local organisations. I like reading – especially about cosmology, and I’m trying to learn to play the cello!
Glyn Smith currently tutors 10 – 12 students (varies weekly), who have a wide range of abilities, from beginners, to creating detailed drawings as well as some very capable painterly students.
Glyn is from Yorkshire and studied at Sheffield Art College for 3 years at foundation level, and spent 18 years living in St Ives in Cornwall, where he worked, and created many art works which he sold locally. He was very much a part of the art culture there. He enjoys guiding and encouraging artists of all levels of abilities, to help build good solid skills that will allow each artist to develop their own expression in art. Drawing and pointillism are Glyn’s own skills, however he says that he gets much more personal enjoyment, from helping others find their own talents and capabilities in art.
Glyn’s way of tutoring, is very relaxed and friendly, and his aims are to ensure that every student enjoys the experience, and gains confidence and increased skill levels.
Work that has been created by the Library Art Group, is regularly exhibited at the Library.