Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Please meet Leanne Goodall





This is a wonderful young artist from Scotland i bumped into on twitter .

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My name is Leanne Daphne Goodall, Previously Barnes. From an early age I've been able to draw, I found by being prevented from watching the television helped spark my imagination, this led me to draw made up characters like cartoon animals, dinosaurs and dragons. By the age of three I went to hospital to have my operation because I was diagnosed with a form of spinabifida, when I was born, which left me with a fatty lump at the base of my spine, but now it's just an everyday thing. Since then I've been able to watch telly and films which resulted in obsession with certain characters in cartoons and movies, the obsession was that as soon as I saw a Character I liked I HAD to draw them, excessively, until I got board. Which probably explains why I'm so good! plenty of practice, but even then my work wasn't perfect. at the age of seven I moved up to Scotland  and my Mum started attending the local craft fairs, selling her handmade candle holders, which later she took on landscape photography. During this time I learned how money worked and how to sell, because I used to help her with her stall. Throughout the years of primary school I would go around my local village selling handmade cards with a wee pen drawing on the front, I would go around with a group of friends selling these cards and raising money for the RSPCA. During my last year of Primary school my parents separated.  Before this time I was dead set on becoming a Paleontologist, someone who digs up and researches fossils, but because of the divorce I had the chance to be myself, living with my mum, I found that my true calling was art. At the start of High School, I met my Step Dad he continuously encouraged me when ever I needed it, which allowed me to explore new techniques and by this time I had the patience to do more realistic pictures, the frequent obsessions still happened,  but I'm sort of glad they did because I was able to practice my talent and still enjoy it. In School my talent certainly stood out,  and by this time I got to the stage where I kept some of my work and doodles, as I learnt that I would need them for my port folio. In high school I learnt the rules and regulations of Art and Design, when it came to my standard grade exams the Art exam was my favourite, a whole day drawing was like a dream come true and I managed to breeze through it, but during this time I had moved from Oban to Lochgilphead where I had to catch the bus from Lochgilphead to Oban every school day for all of 4th year. By this time my first real sellable piece of work (The Fox in the Forest) which I then later sold that year. In 5th year I changed to Lochgilphead High School where I found the hardest year of my life was ahead of me in terms of Art, 5th year was when I took Higher Art which even though I was quite talented in this area I still found it difficult, I had to deal with the  most difiicult obstical, myself, I went through extensive critacisim from my art teacher and my parents which sometime ended up in tears after working so hard then finding out you have to do it all over again, but I came through eventulay that I managed to complete early  when I received my results through the SQA turns out I got 100% on my Expressive and design which is apperantly very rare occasion it was also the year where I had my very first craft fair at the Corran Halls Oban, which was more of a chance to get my name around. now I'm in 6th year of High school doing my Advanced Higher Art, attending as many local craft fairs as possible, I've created my own website with joint effort from my Mum, I've also created a new range of art works this year in 2011 and hope to extend my works further by getting my work into local galleries in the year 2012 so look out!

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