Allyson Hamblett profiles fellow artist, Gillian Reynolds
Gillian Reynolds attends Mapura Studios Arts Transition class on Wednesday afternoon, a follow on class from Mapura Studios Art Therapy programme which offers a person-centred approach to foundation skills in print making, painting and drawing with special provision for people affected by Stroke. Gillan’s been attending Mapura Studios for a year now, and is particularly drawn to painting landscapes and still life. “Art allows my mind to still, appreciate natural beauty and to express how I feel”.
Gillian has always been creative as a singer, but has only started painting since beginning at Mapura. She loves singing all types of music, from opera to rock and roll. Gillian is retired, but continues work as an education consultant – providing professional development for tertiary educators.
Gillian likes working in small groups and enjoys working at her own pace. “Mapura Studios is the perfect facility for teaching art. Surprisingly I love being part of a group of other people who have had stroke – I feel understood”. Gillian has been getting used to her limitations – her tiredness, and what she can and can’t do. She feels that she needs more routine and more discipline in her life now.
“If I didn’t come to Mapura, it will make my world smaller, lonely and depressed. Not challenged.”
“Mapura Studios is an amazing opportunity to learn and be accepted. Come along, you will love it.”