Fun fact: Hamish dropped out of school at 17 years old and spent the next eight years painting and sculpting.
By the time he met his wife and fellow New Zealander Haidee, and moved here together in 2008, Hamish recalls, “I had painted around 6,000 square metres of original murals around New Zealand, and was establishing myself as one of the more prolific commercial artists in the country.”
But his creative drive continued even as he switched careers to pursue a full educational degree at age 26. After working as a classroom teacher for nine years, where he got keenly interested in inquiry learning, he merged his two passions and became a specialist art teacher.
In 2017, Hamish, who is dad to two girls – Sophie, 12, and Chloe, 10 – left his teaching position at an international school to run Inspired Arts full-time. Now with two brick-and-mortar locations, the arts-education centres are bastions of expression.
“I believe that the best arts education equips students with strategies and techniques first, and then allows them to create and express themselves with those strategies,” he surmises.
About The Finder Expatpreneur Awards
In 2017, The Finder debuted its first-ever Expatpreneur Awards to honour foreign-born entrepreneurs running successful expat-owned businesses in or from Singapore. In 2019, 22 expats were awarded for their tremendous dedication. This 2020, a new batch of 19 winners has been unveiled! All of them have one thing in common: Their brands help people “live well in Singapore” – The Finder’s core mission.
By Jashleen Kaur, The Finder Issue 303
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