Blackburn bullying victim channels emotions through her art

Robyn Duxbury with one of her paintings

Robyn Duxbury with one of her paintings

First published in What's On Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

A FORMER bullying victim has used art to express her feelings.

Robyn Duxbury, 19, from Intack, said she was bullied from primary school through to high school.

But she is now using her experience to show others there is a way to overcome the hurt.

The Blackburn College student, whose work has been praised by her tutors, said bullying had had a ‘massive’ impact on her self-confidence. She said that since enrolling on to an art course she had learnt to channel her emotions through her painting.

As a result she said as been able to put the past behind her.

Robyn displayed her final-year piece, Virgin for life, at the Blackburn College end of year Art and Design show.

She said: “I was bullied for a long time.

“This painting is a reflection of the poor self-image I had at the time and it represents the feelings of hurt, loneliness and shame I felt.

“Instead of ignoring the taunts, I found myself questioning whether they were true.

“Words are very powerful and once you let them in, it’s hard to erase them.

“A throwaway comment made by my secondary school tormentor has probably been long since forgotten by her, but for me, after the years of bullying it is forever etched in my memory.

“I took all that emotion and channelled it into my art.

“Studying art at Blackburn College has allowed me to put the past behind me.

“I’ll always carry the bullying with me, which is why I included the tattoo guns in the painting to express how the words have scarred my memory permanently but, like a tattoo, they will fade and I can move on.

“I’m a more positive person now and I can’t wait to start my Fine Art degree at University Centre Blackburn College next year.”

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9:46am Tue 10 Jul 12

happycyclist says...

Well done you. Like your painting, too.
Well done you. Like your painting, too. happycyclist
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10:09am Tue 10 Jul 12

Keith Myath says...

Good for you!
Good for you! Keith Myath
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10:27am Tue 10 Jul 12

R0BB0 says...

nice .... the paintings quote good too
nice .... the paintings quote good too R0BB0
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1:23pm Tue 10 Jul 12

Kaz1961 says...

A beautiful person inside and out, well done Robyn. Just goes to show the bullies cant win and wont win. Wishing you all the best as you start your University degree, I have no doubt you will be a success in all you strive to achieve.
A beautiful person inside and out, well done Robyn. Just goes to show the bullies cant win and wont win. Wishing you all the best as you start your University degree, I have no doubt you will be a success in all you strive to achieve. Kaz1961
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11:27pm Tue 10 Jul 12

Troy McCLur says...

Robyn, you are gorgeous and that is why the bullies were jealous of you. Great art by the way.. You will undoubtedly have a lot of success in life.. xxx
Robyn, you are gorgeous and that is why the bullies were jealous of you. Great art by the way.. You will undoubtedly have a lot of success in life.. xxx Troy McCLur
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9:41pm Sat 4 Aug 12

Anthony Nixon says...

Robyn go to Hand on Art top floor see Gemma in aquamania for your art materials she will give you a student discount card and you can order from thousands of art materials online at http://hand-on-art.c
om. Tell your friends as well
Robyn go to Hand on Art top floor see Gemma in aquamania for your art materials she will give you a student discount card and you can order from thousands of art materials online at http://hand-on-art.c om. Tell your friends as well Anthony Nixon
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