Hello everyone! My name is Polly and I’m coming to you today from Studio Llewellyn. Welcome to all of you.
Now that my Etsy shop has launched and we have just started off a new calendar year, I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to introduce myself and christen this blog with my very first post.
So, as I said, my name is Polly. I’m based in York, England; I’m a part-time masters student and mother to a gorgeous 7-year-old girl. I am also an artist.
I never intended to ‘become’ an artist. Art is just something that I have always done. It’s part of who I am and how I see the world. Until just a few years ago, artistic play was almost a daily routine. I would spend time alone with my brushes and colours, letting inspiration come and go; simply taking joy from the process and delighting when I finally (if ever!) finished something.
Then, slowly, life got in the way. All at once, I realised that years had passed since I last gave myself time to indulge in my art. Obviously, this was not acceptable.
Luckily, however, a change was on the horizon. After receiving some unexpected news that resulted in me taking the decision to leave my full-time job and return to higher education, I made myself a promise to never again neglect the artist in me. I picked up my sketchbook, my brushes, canvas, and oil paints, and just… played. It was like opening a window – a breath of fresh air!
Now, I make art every day. I’m sharing my journey on Instagram and all my thoughts right here on this blog. My work is for sale – you can find me on Etsy or send me a direct message to request a custom piece. I’m creating new paintings every week and posting sneak-peeks of my process every step of the way.
I am so excited to see where Studio Llewellyn takes me, and I’m grateful to all of you who read, like, and comment on my work. Although this is the beginning of a new phase of my life, it already feels comfortable and familiar.
It’s true that I never intended to ‘become’ an artist.
I am an artist, and I always have been.