Self-taught or art school?

I am a self-taught artist. I learned to paint whilst serving a prison sentence for drug offences so, therefore, discovered my ability to paint quite late on in life. I do however think that an artistic streak was in me as I have always enjoyed visiting galleries etc. but just never imagined I could do it myself. Whilst in prison I used to look through the window of the art class and admire the work of prisoners but never could find the courage to go in there (I was afraid I’d make a fool of myself). Eventually, fate put me in there as I was assigned to the class through no choice of my own; this is when I found a new love in my life that has been significantly life-changing. In prison, I won a national Koestler Award for painting and donated much of my work to charity which raised considerable amounts….

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