Manju Patel

Manju retired in 2015, following a career in industry and education. She had never painted before and enrolled in painting classes at the Hillingdon Adult Education Centre in January 2020, but this came to an abrupt end when the pandemic struck and all classes stopped. Her interest in painting was lit and she spent time during lockdown painting by watching YouTube videos. Once classes resumed at the Centre, Manju enrolled again.

Manju likes painting in a group and getting inspiration from others. Her favourite topic is landscape painting and her worst topic is portraits.

Manju only paints using watercolour and acrylic and has only ever done one painting in oil in the art class which she says was disastrous! The growing interest in painting now takes her to visiting art galleries and looking at paintings with a different eye. She gets drawn to landscape paintings in the main.