From Human Resources to a Career in Fine Art
A lot of friends, family members and colleagues were shocked when I left a promising career as a HR manager to become a full time artist. I had practised Human Resource management for several years and was on the verge of arriving at the corridors of the C-suite in the oil and gas service sector after years in Manufacturing.
It was a time of great mental turmoil but I was free(er) from urgent non-negotiable costs like school fees and rent, and my previous “little ones” had all but flown the nest. I had to make the leap then (and take the risk of not having a regular income) or I wouldn’t make it at all.
Having had some informal mentorship from who started off as my childrens’ art tutor, I felt comfortable to start. After a few sales of my originals a few years later to family and friends, I decided to give art more attention and registered with the Society for Nigerian Artists where I had my first group exhibitions. Formal learning had taken place along the way at Atelier Diagonale in Clermont-Ferrand France and in 2018 at London Fine Art Studios in Battersea London. My first solo exhibition held in 2020 and although I will not yet call myself a maestro, I am well on my way.
My work leans towards the human form, portraiture and figurative experiments. I recently discovered digital art.
In these blog posts, I will be highlighting what I have learnt along the way and I hope you will follow me on this journey. Subscribe to my newsletter to be notified when I publish new posts.