Eleanor Buffam

Eleanor was born in Falkirk and grew up in Philadelphia. She has a BFA in Painting from Tyler School of Art, Temple University, having studied in Philadelphia and Rome from 1996-2002. She studied at West Dean College in West Sussex, UK, from 2010-2012, graduating with an MFA in Painting and Drawing. She has exhibited internationally, and her work is held in private collections in the US, UK and Europe. She currently lives and works in East London.

Describe your approach to teaching

My goal is to nourish the creative potential of each student in order to allow them to fully express themselves. I use hands on methods to ensure that students are actively learning from the beginning, because the best way to learn is to do.

What inspires your own work?

My own work is inspired both by the actual world around me as well as the fantastical possibilities in that world. I am particularly interested in exploring ideas of community, interdependence, and interconnectivity, especially regarding humanity's place in its cities, with the Earth, and in the cosmos.

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