I’ve been painting seriously for six years now. It all started when I supplied a local cafe with some paintings, after the owner had spotted one of them at a local printers. She took 10 off me, and sold them within a week! And so it went on & grew from there really, to this point now where I have paintings in galleries around the UK, a nice amount of exhibitions under my belt, a world wide publishing deal and collectors around the world!. I sometimes get emails from people who would love to paint for a living, and my advice to them is to keep going - because you never know what opportunities are around the corner.
With the help of my husband, Chris (who works in design & marketing) I self publish my own very-limited edition prints, we do our own marketing and work extremely closely with some amazing galleries & people. Most of all I’m astounded by the people who buy & collect my pictures. Whenever i meet them, they are all, without exception, lovely.
I have had a love of art ever since I was a little child when my late father, Patrick, would sit with me in the Irish Club in Halifax teaching me to draw shire horses. It stuck with me from there, and while I was growing I was never without a pen & paper.
It was only when I had my son Alistair, that I decided to give painting a ‘proper’ go. While Ali was sleeping, I would do the odd painting or drawing, and I found that I still really loved doing it.
I now have my own studio, 15 minutes walk from home and above my favourite cafe. I always start the day with a latte downstairs & wander up and get stuck in straight away.
I count myself very lucky to be one of the few people who’s job is their passion. I never take it for granted! I am supported tremendously by the galleries I work closely with. My drawings and paintings have appeared in commercial work such as CD covers, magazines, brochures and marketing campaigns.