Agnes Parcesepe :
The common belief is artists have to starve in a garret for years before becoming successful. Agnes is living proof that that doesn’t have to be the case.
Here Agnes talks about her progress from simply liking art in her youth, to taking up painting later in life, and transitioning from student to teacher in a few short years. She has won a myriad of competitions, had international exhibitions, and has paintings purchased and hung all round the world. Amazing stuff when you stop to think about it.
She attributes her success to her passion for creativity and painting, and love of the natural world. This is not to say she makes her living painting, because she doesn’t, and that is not her objective. But her intense drive to improve and commitment to complete projects has funded her hobby and given her immeasurable satisfaction and a part income.
In this show we discuss how to take your first steps into painting as a hobby, how and where to learn, and then the pathway to becoming better known and marketing your works. Agnes very strongly recommends experimenting with a wide variety of mediums to really establish which you like best and which one suits your style and subject matter.
This is a hobby which does not cost a lot to enter, and is relatively portable. Like photography or birdwatching you can engage in painting or drawing at home, on holiday, in the city, in the country … anywhere.
At one point in the interview we take a substantial detour into a health related issue as Agnes has had a severe health problem which she has now mostly overcome. She is a strong believer in natural therapies, and we talk about how she challenged and overcame her life threatening issue.
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