Michaela’s New Art Course

When I saw that Pembrokeshire artist Michaela Hollyfield would be starting a new job as art tutor for Learning Pembrokeshire we wanted to know more about her and the course she will run from 26 September 26 at Fishguard Community Learning Centre.

Michaela says: “I am very excited to be able to do what I love and to be able to share it with others. It should be fun, and we will hopefully move into some really exciting territory as the term goes on.”

I wanted to know more about her art and the forthcoming course.

“That’s quite difficult to pin into one particular style or genre. I am currently doing much more representational work than I have in the past. Previously my work was about using the process of painting to inform abstract work, based on research and studies from observation and sketches.”

Is that what she plans to bring to the group?

“Oh yes. Allowing people to not feel intimidated or scared to allow their natural mark-making and expression inform their work, and let them create something expressive and meaningful to them.”

Sounds like my sort of thing. Where does she find the inspiration for her own creations?

“I am inspired by the world around me, the landscape particularly, and also by personal experience. Wishing to express emotional states through colour, line, form and abstraction is something I will always be drawn to doing.”

Michaela completed her BA Hons in fine art in 1997 and went on to do an MA in 2016-2017.

“In the time in between I travelled and had a family. When I graduated in 1997 I sold most of my work – which funded my travels. During my first MA show I was invited to join New Blood Art, an online art gallery, and have been exhibiting with them since.

The Raw and the Cooked

“My favourite medium is oil on canvas, and I enjoy working both gesturally and abstractedly. I have currently been working on board, representationally.”

In addition to seeing Michaela’s work online on New Blood Art online, you will also find her at Tides restaurant in Newport and at the Old Vicarage B&B in Moylegrove.

The course starting on 26 September will run for 10 weeks. You can learn more about it and book a place by following the link below or phoning Fishguard Community Learning Centre on 01437 770140; www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/learningpembrokeshire.The link to Michaela’s specific class is  https://www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/class-detail/211942

Is there anything else we can expect?

“To get messy.  I am really excited to have this chance to share my experience, my enthusiasm and my support. And also some extra materials if anyone needs them. I am looking forward to seeing some of you there. Just click the link and book.”

Kitty Parsons

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