As a mature student, Gary had to juggle his studies with the responsibilities of family life, However this did not hold him back and he followed his dream of studying at ECA, acquiring a range of skills and participating in exhibitions and field trips across the country.
Since graduating, Gary has begun working in his dream career as a full-time freelance artist including a two week residency at Marchmont House. Gary continues to use the skills he acquired through his time at ECA which prepared him for dealing with conversations on practice, commission proposals and collaborative work.
Why I chose to study Illustration - MFA
Studying at ECA was always a desire from the moment I left school. Growing up in Edinburgh I had always seen ECA as a place I wanted to go to but I never had the opportunity. Once I had completed my BA in Painting at ECA in 2019, the decision to pursue a masters course directly after my undergrad at ECA was more to do with familiarity and the relationships with the staff and teaching methods which I’d become used to. As a mature student (and carer for my youngest daughter who has autism), personal circumstances at home also dictated geographically where I could study. But overall, I wouldn’t have selected anywhere else other than Edinburgh.