Today An Artist and Corporate Law Practitioner takes us on a journey through the world of her first love Art and her profession Law. Journey through her world and start your week with Arts Appreciation! Please drop a word of encouragement for Sandra as she takes the floor.
I have loved drawing for as long as I can remember. I grew up being a scribbler. I drew on the walls of our house (got spanked several times), I drew behind all my note books and those of my siblings. In fact I constituted an art nuisance in the house.
My siblings could not compete with me and my father would always complain “you this girl you won’t read your books its only drawing you know” Lol! Well this drawing burden carried me through secondary school. I was of course a huge cartoon freak; I was fascinated by the art works and stories I also loved novels that had illustrations in them and comics. I would gaze on for ages even after I was done.
I read newspapers for the sake of the comics sections. Then I would attempt to draw them. My friends generally called me the artist. I however did not consider myself one. I felt I wasn’t good enough.
My name is Sandra and you have just taken a glimpse through my “artistic childhood” in the nineties in Lagos, Nigeria. I obtained a degree in Law from the prestigious University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN). I still live in Lagos and am into corporate law practice.
After High School, my choice of a course for university became an issue. My father wanted law and I wanted Theatre Arts. Well he won and here I am. For a long time I didn’t draw or really focus on my talent majorly because I was raised to think it was of no use in this part of the world. But you know when God gives you something he doesn’t take it back. I started revisiting my works and improving on them. Even though I wasn’t too confident about my work, am grateful to those who encouraged me.
Being a lawyer and an artist is like being in two worlds. One time you are seriously looking at some hard law stuff and the next you are feeling light headed sketching, sketching and sketching. For some people they think it’s a waste of time and call you a joker, for some others they genuinely applaud your talent. Then there’s the question of “so what do you want to use your art for?”
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It’s tough because art is seen more as a hobby than anything else. I love art as much as I appreciate the law profession. It’s something I do with so much joy and it’s like therapy sometimes too. I draw from my imagination a times and from things around me. I like the inspiration I get from nature.
I am a fan of traditional art i.e. pencil and paper, even though art has greatly evolved. I love to use watercolours as well, even though I don’t use it often. Art is dynamic and what makes it so interesting is that it simply allows you do what’s on your mind, be free and explore unlike law were you have to be careful/serious at all times. It’s always an opportunity to explore the different sides of Gods wonderful creations.
Lately I have come to bond with other artists I have met majorly on social media and one or two from school. Initially I did not know how truly dynamic art was until I met these artists who are from different parts of the world. I am inspired by their different styles which are truly breath taking .The features of the various drawings bring to mind the marvellous works of God’s creation.
It also shows that man can think up something in his mind and put it on paper. Art makes it clear. Art makes it possible. Art makes it beautiful. There’s no end to art in any form it comes. There is no ugly work of art, only uniqueness. Art can be improved on. If you keep at it you’ll keep getting better.
Some people imagine that all artists don’t struggle with their work, lol! They do a times. Sometimes I sit and just stare at a blank piece of paper and nothing, like no inspiration. Other days it flows endlessly.
My experience with art has been an awesome journey!
Author’s Profile: Sandra Udosen is a Lagos based Corporate Law Practitioner. Her hobbies include sketching, cooking and listening to music. Her other works of Art are available via her Instagram handle @sandyhillz16 and could be reached on firstname.lastname@example.org
Postscript: Contributions are welcomed from other readers of the blog on their experience as either lawyers, law students or other members of the society on their experiences with or views about lawyers. Peace.
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