ARTIST Steven Brown paid a visit to college students in Kilwinning last month to inspire them to follow their dreams.

PEZ Plus and Step Into Employment (Youth Work) Ayrshire College students heard Steven talk about his rise from a career in retail to becoming one of Scotland’s most recognised artists.

The students on the PEZ Plus course are part of the HIVE (Hope, Inspiration and Vision in Education) area of Ayrshire College.

The HIVE offers a range of programmes for 15-24 year olds who may have previously had negative experiences of education for a variety of different reasons.

The PEZ Plus course aims to equip students with the essential skills, confidence and motivation to progress on to mainstream courses at the college.

Steven, from Irvine, revealed his path to the top has involved two heart attacks and dealing with depression.

Steven told the group that having a positive attitude and caring people around you can help you to get anywhere in life.

At the end of Steven’s talk he spoke to each of the students individually to hear about their aspirations.