I live and work near Montpellier in Southern France and I'm a Gold Member. O.K. I don't get insurance cover but then my own policy covers that, I'm not near any other members so I'm not a member of a group.....so, why do I bother? Well, I like reading Paint, I like writing for Paint, I love the fact that I can ring up the SAA Shop and talk to helpful people who know what they're talking about and give me delivery dates that are realistic. I like the the SAA page on Face Book, I enjoy the interchange of ideas, information, and constructive criticism. I enjoy being part of a group of down to earth painters who aren't judgemental, pompous or patronising but who just like painting. I love the fact that members don't care if you're amateur or professional as long as you do the 'biz'. I value the advice I'm given and I enjoy the chance to teach.
So I'm glad to be a part of the S.A.A.