"In Belfast in the early '70s things were tricky. When I asked my local green grocer if I could do some paintings for his window for Christmas, he paid me in vegetables. The next year when I did the butcher's, he paid me in sausages. By the time I was 13, I realised I had a business. So I started charging."
It was with some disappointment that I recently learned that nearly two thirds of people in the UK give up on their dream career by the time they are the tender age of twenty years. Many of these people - one in four to be precise - stated that they gave up due to a lack of confidence, while 31% stated that they didn't feel they had the right skills.
Gabriella Boyd is a fresh, young talent on the contemporary art scene. Having graduated from Glasgow School of Art where she received the Chairman's Award in 2011, she came to the attention of Charles Saatchi who bought two of her paintings and his Saatchi Gallery awarded her a Special Commendation.
Since graduating from Wimbledon School of Art in 2004, I have continued to paint and draw, alongside being part of Band of Skulls. The paintings from my degree show were used for the artwork for the band's first album Baby Darling Doll Face Honey and I have recently completed four paintings specifically for the second record.