Beginnings........... At the tender age of nearly three, my parents took me and my two sisters to live in India. They worked for CMS (The Christian Mission Society) and were sent to Trivandrum, Kerala. We were to stay there for five and a half years. Life there made an indelible impression on me, as I am sure India does to anyone who has ventured there. I was extremely happy - the vibrant colours, heady aromas, mind boggling sights, beautiful scenery and wildlife (of which there was still plenty in those days), and the warmth of the country and its people, were all readily absorbed.

I remember Dad painting in oils - coconut boats, village scenes, portraits of me and my sisters. I painted my first oil - a copy of my favourite page from a book about birds - on the veranda of our house. We were sent to boarding school in Coonoor up in the Nilgiri Hills and were very happy there, learning amongst the tea plantations. It was strange to come back to England in the early 70's, and I wondered for years when we would be 'going home'.

 
   
We moved to Connah's Quay in North Wales. My sisters and I studied at St Winefride's Convent in Holywell, and I did well in O levels, my favourite subject being Art. Had we stayed I would have gone on to Wrexham to the Art College, but we moved to Gloucestershire, so I went back to school, in Newent, and did A levels - again, Art being my favourite subject. I then went to Cheltenham to do a Foundation Course in Art, I chose Bath Academy of Art as the place I wished to take a degree in 'Graphic Design and Visual Communication', and thankfully was accepted on the course.

After college I moved to Bath and got my first 'proper' job. This was at Prontaprint! I loved it, was extremely happy, and learned a huge amount about preparing artwork for print, dealing with people, achieving deadlines etc. Then I had a flirt with the jewellery business, preparing the goods (banging etched brass strips into bangles, wiring earrings....) and packing and posting orders for a jewellery company in Bath. Again, an enjoyable job, but I knew I couldn't make it my life. I then found work with 'Property Art' where I worked as an architectural illustrator providing artist's impressions for the booming housing market. Sadly this bubble burst all too soon, and on my birthday I was called into the office and made redundant.

Hey ho! I decided to try to make it as a self employed illustrator. I had a couple of freelance jobs on the go anyhow, and thought I'd give myself 6 months and see how I fared ....... well I fared very well! I have been working as a self employed illustrator ever since. I work from the spare bedroom in our house, with our little dog for company. I approach each new job with excitement and interest and never miss a deadline! (What never? No never! What never?? Well, hardly ever.................)


I have been lucky to enjoy a wide variety of work from a science series for Usbornes (Award Winning!) to jigsaw puzzles for James Galt Toys ; sticker books, atlases, story books, novelty board books, bible stories,and craft books for a range of publishers to magazine illustrations for short stories or cartoons , and teaching on painting holidays in France. And I still find time (sometimes) to paint for my own enjoyment or to provide a front cover picture for our local Parish Magazine. My work is 'traditional' in that I work on paper in watercolour or gouache, with pencil or pen detail, and do not use the computer to generate my art. My style is friendly, colourful and humorous - and I am good at meeting deadlines.