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Learning to Be a Painter

At the time when I first tried to be a full-time professional painter—and make some kind of viable living from doing so—the whole matter seemed simpler and less unnecessarily complex than it does today. One major reason for this was that a substantial private market still existed for visual art, much as it did then, say, for high-class studio pottery. How precisely to survive as a painter seemed challenging but not impossible. In Cornwall, where I lived, a coterie of semi-established and even entrenched artists existed locally, ranging from Barbara Hepworth, Patrick Heron and Peter Lanyon to Bryan Wynter, Roger…

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