Name: Amy Albright
Studied: BA(Hons) Fine Art at University College Falmouth
Title: Fine artist (painter)
What do you actually do?
In a nutshell, I work on a series of paintings and exhibit them and sell them through art galleries. After completing my A-levels, I had the intention of going into Graphic Design and it wasn’t until I did my Foundation Diploma that I realised I wanted to be a fine artist, mainly because I liked the freedom it offered with no direct briefs and deadlines.
How did you find out about this particular course?
Probably during my Art Foundation Diploma in 2004. I went around visiting different universities looking at the Fine Art degree courses. It was a real turning point for me. I remember visiting art galleries and seeing paintings that inspired me and thinking how I would like to produce paintings that would have that effect onother people.
Would you undertake further study to further your career?
I haven’t ruled out doing an MA in Fine Art, but I want to have a few years as a practising artist first.
What do you like the most about what you do and are there any downsides?
Waking up in the morning knowing I’m going to my studio to do what I love and that I’m not stuck in an office working 9-5! When I produce a painting that I know is my best yet, it’s such a powerful feeling that cannot be explained. Also the fact that I am using my talent to create paintings that are going to directly influence people’s lives. However, it is very hard starting out as an artist. Work doesn’t sell itself and financially, it is very tough to keep going. If I keep working hard it will pay off eventually!
What skills do you need to succeed and what advice would you give graduates wanting to come into this sector?
Lots and lots of self motivation and dedication! The first year out of university is very hard, the transition from student to artist is difficult, and you just have to keep motivated, communicate with other artists, remember your goals, and go for it!