Lessons

Deborah Sowerby: Recognition

Deborah was born in 1949 in London. She spent some time in hospital as a young child and then was sent to a residential special school in East Sussex at the age of five, staying there until she was sixteen and then going on to Art School.

Here Deborah recalls having her ability recognised in her Art lessons.

  • Deborah Sowerby
  • Deborah Sowerby
  • Deborah Sowerby
  • Deborah Sowerby

Transcript

Suddenly, at fourteen, it was brought to my attention that I had some ability in Art. I had no idea, and I was sat an exercise, and, in the six weeks of drawing this still life, discovered that I could draw, and that I enjoyed it, so that changed my life completely, completely. I think it was a combination of, somebody seeing that I had talent, paying attention to it, giving me virtually one-to-one tuition for six weeks, and me being able to do it, and him giving me loads of praise - it just did the trick. I don't remember getting much praise, you know, so things like 'well done' didn't happen, whereas in this Art exercise, I was getting lots of that: recognition.