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Student Spotlight - Mike Beckett

My name is Mike Beckett and I've been a student at Swinton’s for a couple of years. I’m currently taking a class with Loretta on Wednesday nights, and I also take Holly’s figure drawing classes whenever I can. I’m definitely more into drawing, as you can see from the pieces below, but also learning to paint.

What do I enjoy most? ... It's a night out with my daughter.. she takes classes Wednesday night with me. And just getting away and being able to focus on learning new stuff. Loretta’s a great help to an artistic putz like me... lol. Holly’s figure drawing classes are a rush... nothing like drawing from life to get the creative juices flowing. Quite a different experience from Wednesday night classes.

Have I learned anything? Yeah... i’ve loosened up some, although Loretta will tell you otherwise i’m sure...lol. Through the opportunity to play around with different media I'm developing more confidence in my artistic judgement.

Do I plan to be a famous artist? Hell, no...  if I can sell a couple pieces to pay for my art supplies I’d be happy. I just like getting into that ‘zone’ where you get lost in your piece and time stands still... it's almost like meditating... that’s why i like it... it’s relaxing.

© 2009 Mike Beckett

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