Veterinary nurse turned painter to showcase work at Gray’s Degree Show

A former veterinary nurse turned painting student at RGU will showcase her paintings at the Gray’s School of Art Degree Show this week.  

Joey SimJoey Sim had spent a number of years raising her young family and decided that returning to her role in the veterinary surgery was not for her.

The mother-of-three decided to pursue a degree in painting after attending life drawing classes in the evenings at the university.

“After spending a period of time at home bringing up my children I realised I didn't want to return to work as a veterinary nurse, and decided to apply to Gray's,” she said.

“I have really enjoyed the course and found it very rewarding. Fourth year demands a lot of time and I have been lucky to have the support of my husband, children and parents throughout.

“Having the time and space to study painting and being able to access the expertise of the painting staff has been the main highlight from my time at Gray’s. Also, sharing a studio with the other students has been very enjoyable.”

Joey, who is originally from Kingston-on-Spey in Moray, bases her work around the rural landscape in which she grew up.

Her mixed media paintings take much inspiration from old maps of the Kingston area, as well as a stretch of coastline where the River Spey meets the North Sea.

“My work this year has been an exploration of the landscape surrounding the village where I lived as a child.   

“There is a piece in my show that has been painted on fragments of metal I found on the beach.  All of my paintings have areas of ink drawing in them and these marks have been made using my own brushes constructed from beach-combed items.”

The Gray’s School of Art Degree Show, which is sponsored by BP for the fifteenth year, runs from 16-24 June and will showcase work by students of all disciplines.


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