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I learned oil painting at the age of 31 in Oct 2006 from Heatherley School of Fine Art, London. I took the oil painting for beginners part-time course, in which I painted three bottles and vase, a pumpkin, an artichoke and a pomegranate, sunflower, and a portrait of a young lady. All of these works will be treasured as these are my first introduction to the work of oils and which set forth my passion for oil painting.

I started watercolour painting when I was 5 years old. At the time, I was just playing and copying my elder brother’s homework for his art class. During my school days, I was good at drawing but didn’t really got into painting until I was took art classes from a part-time art teacher, whom has a great passion for art but was having art classes just because he wanted his children to draw and paint. I was 13 years old. Within a few months of learning, I was the best art student in my school. Once, I helped my school mate's work during his art exam. He got an ‘A’ for his exam. As being pressured to go into Science stream and to get good grades for GCSE, I stopped drawing or painting. I was 15 years old and for the next 15 years, I lost my touch with art.

I came to London at the age of 29 years old. I didn’t go to any art galleries until 2 years later. My first visit was to Tate Britain. I was mesmerized by the collection and with Turner’s masterpieces. I fell in love. Then I went to The National Gallery. There I fell in love with Rubens, Constable, Monet, Renoir, Van Gogh. Since then, I have been to the V&A, Courtauld, Louvre, Musee d’Orsay, the art gallery at York, Canterbury and Bournemouth. I am in love.

I am in love. I guess this is the best feeling to release the voice within and put it down with colours and oils using brushes on canvases. My chosen subjects were always related to my feelings at that particular moment in time or the person I am painting for. It ranges from landscapes, still lifes, figures and portraits. I also do a lot of copying of the old masters. I believe the best way to learn is to learn from the best. My best copy so far is Turner’s Rain, Steam, and Speed, which is hanging in my brother's house and the real work is at The National Gallery. My other pride is the 9 pieces copy of Van Gogh’s A Wheatfield with Cypresses, also in The National Gallery.

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Cheers,
Wyatt