‘The first time I did it, it was the first time that I had gone more than an hour without thinking about the crash.
‘After something so traumatic, it is always there in your peripheral, especially if you are living with pain. It is a constant reminder.
Some of the larger creative works produced by James Mouland. Picture: Mike Cooter (060821)
‘I kept going until I learnt how to do the marbling and before long I had built up a skill. I found that by focusing on something, it was so meditative.’
James met his wife Bahar in Southsea in 2004 when she was working for IBM in HR. After several years back in Bahar’s home country, the pair have settled in Southsea with their two children Baris, 10, and Melodi, seven.
They opened the studio in the Hot Walls in 2016, selling art and products such as cards, T-shirts, plus more, as well as holding classes and workshops.
James said he is keen to welcome people back into the studio, especially after a rocky 18 months.
James Mouland (46) and Bahar Mouland (43) outside their Hotwalls Studio 13, with some of their original artworks. Picture: Mike Cooter (060821)
He can teach the skill for £50 for an hour, or £130 for the day, plus he holds regular free 10-minute taster sessions and he can take his classes into other venues.
James said there are so many benefits to the learning the art form, and that he hopes to help people by spreading awareness of it.
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