ROBIN by Andrea Meakin Original oil painting on 20 x20cm linen canvas I’m at my happiest when I’m in my studio surrounded by canvas’s, pots of paint and brushes. I studied Special design at The Kent Institute of Art and Design, after 2 years I decided it wasn’t for me so left college and began a career in travel, working on cruise ships and currently working as cabin crew where I’ve been for the past 14 years. I continued to paint for fun and for friends over the years but in 2010,after attending several art classes, I was persuaded by my tutor to fulfill my life long ambition and become a professional artist. I now have a website and exhibit my work at local galleries and take commissions. I enjoy working in pastels, oils and acrylics. I paint most subjects but my first love is painting animals, capturing their character is very important to me so when taking on a commission I ask for several photos to work from.