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Vassiliki Bay, Portugal and the Lake District featured in works by Bishop's Stortford Art Society member Barbara Anderson

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Bishop's Stortford Art Society member Barbara Anderson shows off some of her work...

I left school after successfully completing my exams, which included art GCE with credit.

Although I wanted to go to art school my parents had other ideas, as I was one of six children, so I was put straight to work.

I didn't start painting until I had a home of my own.

Following a drawing class, I joined Bishop's Stortford Art Society (BSAS) after artist John Pittuck, the society's president at the time, encouraged me to join.

BSAS has given me the inspiration to try many mediums as well as meeting new friends.

For me, art is not only exciting but also has a therapeutic benefit as you can lose yourself in the creative process.

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