I studied at Cheltenham School of Art & Design in 1979 and have a 2.1 degree in Fine Art & Art History. For the next few years I tried to establish a living as an artist but after some ‘almost’ commissions and ‘very nearly’ successful art competition entries I made the decision to build an alternative career to support my new family and went back to college.
After a few years of evening classes I completed a Degree in Management Studies and then a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA). I then spent the next 20 years working for a high street bank. However, my love and passion for art remained a key part of me and over the last ten years the need to express myself artistically became ever more important. I established a studio above my wife’s pottery and opened it up one night a week teaching drawing and painting. This reignited feelings I had not felt for years and when early retirement was offered three years ago, I knew exactly what I wanted to do. The spark has always been there but I just didn’t have the time to nurture it. I now have the time, the resources, and the maturity. Maybe too much maturity!
More recently the business/commercial side of me identified an opportunity to create a space to show my work. I established Sixteen Gallery to help my return as an artist but structured it as an affordable space to help others no matter where they are on their own journey.
Find out more about Andy Owen-Smith on their website.