Biography: Patricia Helen Cord. 31/3/1958. 5th June 2006 2006. Flat 2, 40 Cold Bath Road Harrogate HG2 0NX email@example.com My Resume And Personal History. Education. State educated to GCSE standard from 1962-1973. South West London College Of Further Education. 1985-1987. Gained GCSE English language. Pass grade C. Pitman Examinations Institute. Word Processing, Pass,gained Elementary Certificate. Harrogate College. Hornbeam Park. 2002-2003. Practical Craft Skills (stage one) Interior Design. Pass, Gained ncfe Certificate. Introduction to basic computing. Pass. Personal Information. Before I begin,I feel I need to disclose some very personal information about my past life. I want to try and express where the interpretations of many of my images come from. When I was eleven years old,my first art class was an exciting and eagerly awaited moment. Unfortunately I was left with the impression that I would never be able to draw. My early years were met with abusive parents,my younger sister and I were eventually taken into care,(think you call it orphanage). I was nearly four my sister nearly three. Thankfully we remained together. We grew up for the next ten years as extremely happy, well adjusted children. The children's home was a magical place to me and always will be. One day I was informed that my mother wanted me to go and live with her,my sister and I were packed off into a horrible nightmare life that was to last for five years. Life again was turned upside down. Now my enviroment was ugly, full of confusion,we lived surrounded by thief's, drugs,prostitution,gangs. I became very tough very fast. I became mother to my sister and two half brothers. We were left to fend very much for ourselves. In this period of my life I tried to remain sane and keep the family together, mother made me leave school to bring in a wage at fifteen. I wanted to go to college and have a career. I lost control of things in my own life and took the wrong road for a year,In the following years I was subjected to vicious physical and mental assaults, I entered into a life of prostitution,crime,and nearly died a few times from being abused and attacked by men with strange sexual desires. . Some of the experiences in those few short years left their marks but I eventually managed to get my head together(I now had a beautiful daughter to look after I had to get her away from here). I ran away with my child to make a better life for us. My Strength coming from the happy years in the children's home that I loved. I returned to college to finish off my education. I then worked as a P/A for eight years. I left to concentrate fully on my daughters future and life. I took up a job in a Dry Cleaners for the next twelve years,And as if cursed I became very poorly with ulcerative colitis. Fours years and five operations later has left me partially disabled. Again I face a complete change in the direction of my life. Not knowing what to do next, the computer seemed a good idea to try and work with( as part off my disability stops me from going out sometimes,) it meant I could work from home,but doing what. My computer sat their for six months before I even switched it on. I was depressed and down in the dumps one day and turned it on. I started to mess around with the simple art programme that comes as part of windows xp called paint. Almost instantly my world changed. About My Work. My mind loves the freedom of the abstract. Of its vivacious color,of life's emotions,dreams,loves and hates instilled in each drawing. Each image emerges without any pre-planned thought. Their could be many interpretations of one drawing I work mainly with color and occasionally like to work in black and white. Most of the time I have no pre-conceived ideas behind my work,however I do create images when certain memories and feelings obviously show through. When I start to draw an image it is not long before I have an idea where it came from,I can name an image when I connect with it. Sometimes I do not know where the image comes from and have many yet unnamed. My work can sometimes be very dark and angry. It is also very humorous,colorful,childish and fun.. My Grandchildren (all three of them) have help me to name some of my work because some of my images are funny and immature they look like cartoon characters. I also have what may be described as a dark side to my work, I have no doubt that the bad experiences I have faced in my life come through in my abstract work, I have found that it helps to draw on my computer and bring out some of the bad experiences I have kept hidden for many years, Art has helped me to overcome some of those bad times. My Objectives And Future Goals. At present I am involved in a self employment business course With the Harrogate and Craven Business School, a scheme run by our government to help disabled people to start their own business. I want to put some of my work onto material, I can see some of my work on beautiful flowing cloths. I am also taking a year out to study in the textile industry. My friends and family are very supportive and of course love my work. They are also my greatest critics. I am also working on other projects that will involve my art. My Hobbies And Interests. My wonderful Grandchildren and daughter play a large part in my life. I take the children out in the car when I am feeling ok. In the summer we travel to great places of interest and natural beauty. I take them to jujitsu a hobby I used to participate in. I love our local theatre,eating out.I love to read, listen to music, traveling, my guitar,my computer. My youngest grandson is only two and my heart is his he makes me smile and feel loved. So I think I am lucky to have got this far in my life. I want very much to try and achieve something good and positive in what is left of my life. With Kind Regards Miss Patricia Helen Cord.
Country: United Kingdom
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