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Each week the Midweek Visiter and Formby Times will turn the spotlight on a local artist or photographer. You can submit your photographs at www.southportvisiter.co.uk/yourgallery or www.formbytimes.co.uk/yourgallery. This week we feature 17-year-old Southport artist Claudia Soggiu...
Name: Claudia Soggiu
ART was already a passion for me at a very early age. Even as a young child, I spent much of my time drawing and painting people – in particular, people who I admire and inspire me.
I started out using charcoal but then, as I developed my skills, I experimented with oil paint and this is now my favourite medium. It is something I'm still learning and developing.
One of the things that I love about art is that you never stop making mistakes and learning from them. Endless possibilities with freedom to explore them all.
My family is Italian and I grew up knowing about the great Italian Renaissance artists. They have all influenced me – but, in particular, Caravaggio.
I'm a first year A-level student at KGV but I'm no longer studying art because I like the freedom to express myself without restrictions of a course.
I found that, during GCSEs, it was sometimes difficult to work within the boundaries and deadlines which, for me artistically, meant I didn't always manage to produce work to my best.
My art is very personal to me. I believe that every artist should have the freedom to express themselves how they wish.
That is the true essence of art.
I'm in the process of setting up a website and, in the future, I would like to open up my own studio.
When I was 14, I organised an exhibition for charity. This is definitely something I plan to do again.
I have some work on display at Don Luigi Restaurant, in Formby, and some of my GCSE work is still on display at Greenbank High School and, obviously, my work will be visible on my future website.