As a Secondary Art and Music teacher during Melbourne lockdown, I was at home - teaching online, going for walks, planning lessons and painting quite regularly. I often had dreams about painting, day dreams as well but no extended periods of time where these could become a reality.
I loved teaching – great subjects and lovely students. However, the business of teaching did not allow me the time to realise any of these creative ideas. Over the next few months, since that initial fleeting idea of, ‘maybe I could paint full time’, I received a couple of very encouraging comments from artist friends which served to jog my memory and remind me of that thought.
After some discussions with my close family I decided to resign from teaching to pursue the dream of being an artist full time. I would love to have finished teaching straight away but decided it was best to see the year out.