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Cattle farmer completes fine arts master's degree
A CATTLE farmer has swapped her pitchfork for a paintbrush to complete a fine arts master’s degree.
Jaci Foster, who farms Aberdeen Angus cattle in Rotherwick, is on the verge of completing her two-year course at University for the Creative Arts.
The 49-year-old former Whitewater Primary School teacher is among the postgraduates to put their artwork on display at James Hockey and Foyer Galleries in Farnham.
She said: “Farming is a way of life, so, even when I’m meant to be off work and studying, I will have already checked the cattle and prepared injections before heading off to UCA for the day.
“The MA is really the first time I have had a chance to do something for me. It’s the most focused learning that I have ever done.”
She added: “I have found resources within myself that I never knew existed and now feel I can stand on my own two feet and say I am an artist.”
While the course involves various methods, Mrs Foster has come to specialise in film and sculpture.
One of the items displayed is a film showing birds attacking a house she made out of bread and jam, which she said was inspired by Hansel and Gretel fairy tale.
The MADE 2013 exhibition runs from August 23 to September 9, from 9.30am to 5.30pm, and is free. UCA was formed from a merger of art colleges including Farnham Art College.
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