Errrr..let’s see, I’m Scots-Cumbrian, born in Glasgow, but lived in Japan longer than I did in Scotland and in the North East longer than in Cumbria. I have half Japanese daughters, who I have looked after by myself for the past nine years or so…so I suppose my nationality is a bit difficult to pinpoint. What I do for a living isn’t much easier; I teach Japanese sometimes, and I design tattoos and occasionally I model for art classes, which started as a personal dare, but now I can’t get out of it. I also teach life classes and draw comics and go into schools to teach that too. And, of course, being a single parent is also kind of a full time job.

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4 responses to “About

  1. Jane Flux

    August 5, 2011 at 8:44 am

    Very much enjoyed looking at your website. Indeed I am too far for your local class to model but perhaps if you have a one-day workshop. I enjoy challenging/distortion/tension poses and indeed something that is always different..ideally draw what you see…which I know is a prevalent term in the world of ‘art’. I like dynamism and the challenge from quick to very very long sustained. Look forward to hearing from you, Jane Flux (

    • gavinpollock

      August 5, 2011 at 9:28 am

      Cheers Jane. It is maybe a bit far, but let me know if you’re ever up here. I don’t do much organising as such, but I can put you in touch with the people who do;)

  2. Sam Nicholson

    October 14, 2014 at 10:54 pm

    I’m interested in becoming a life model and am intrigued as to where you started although am aware that it was on a dare basis it is difficult to find any info.

    As a mother of 2 my body is less than perfect and I have spent many years fighting it but being only in my early thirties I think it’s time to embrace what’s been given and the toll that motherhood has changed it.

    I’ve a keen interest in art although of a more hobbyist point of view but again as life only moves forward it’s something that I’d like to maybe give myself a little back.

    Thanks for your time and I hope for a response.

    • gavinpollock

      October 15, 2014 at 3:37 pm

      Hi Sam,

      I started at the local class at Papcastle near Cockermouth. I’d been going as an artist for a few years and just thought, “why not?”. If you’re based in Cumbria, I can pass your name on to the different classes, who are always looking for new bodies to draw,




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