Real Name: Neil Burley
Based in: Leicester, UK
Description: Mixed Media Artist/Designer/Maker/Tutor
Greetings! I enjoyed my first career as a doctor, specialising in psychiatry. Unfortunately, I needed to retire on the grounds of ill-health in January 2010 after a long period of sick leave.
I am now developing my second career – as a freelance mixed media artist/designer/maker/tutor. I have had a long time interest in artistic/creative pursuits but previously did not have enough time to develop them, and I hope this blog showcases my creative development. I studied at Leicester College on their BTEC Extended Diploma Art & Design course, between 2011 and 2013, qualifying with distinction in July 2013.
I now run small group teaching sessions in my purpose-built studio, as well as developing my new found skills into a personal style. Current interests include zentangle inspired art, art journaling, altered art, quilting and playing with mixed media techniques.
I was part of the WOW! Embossing Powders Design Team for two years, 2012-2013, demonstrating and teaching at the NEC Hobbycraft exhibitions as well as publishing monthly projects to their blog. A gallery of all my embossed projects can be found here. I worked with with Creative Expressions on their Design Team from October 2013-14, with some of my projects already featured on Create & Craft TV. I was invited to join Craftwork Cards Design Team in January 2014, and many of my samples have appeared on their shows on Create & Craft TV – I continued to work with them until March 2016 making samples with their new collections, and regularly featured on their blog. I had a short, well received, guest presenter role at Hochanda in June 2016.
I’m very happy to be approached with commissions – more details here.
[last updated: 18-JUL-16]