I have always had a passion for art, and paper and colouring pencils or paint were always my favourite present from the time I was old enough to hold a pencil.
I studied art to ‘ A’ Level at school, and later went to Art School.
Coming to Spain has provided a wonderful opportunity to indulge my love of drawing and painting. I have a studio at our house, and apart from the paintings you will see in the Gallery I have undertaken a number of commissions for portraits, including one of the former Mayor of Rojales.
I have been teaching recreational art classes for mature students since 2004, and have discovered real fulfilment in helping others to develop their skills. It is very satisfying to see people improve way beyond their expectations, and some of my students have been producing wonderful work, and even accepting commissions of their own..
My other passions have always been drama and writing.
I began my theatrical ‘career’ with Harpenden Methodist Players in the late 60’s and cut my acting teeth on such plays as Haul for the Shore and Running Riot.
In the seventies I moved to Singapore with husband David and two little girls, and for nearly four years belonged to the Singapore Stage Club. I also began writing for a local magazine as well as some TV programmes for Television Singapore, and pantomimes for the drama group.
When we ‘retired’ to Spain in 2002 I started a theatre company here called 'Dramatic Licence'. It was a very professional company and our many shows raised more than 30,000 euros for the local Alzheimer’s’ Society. Sadly, circumstances change and people grow older. So the company was disbanded last year because we felt we could no longer keep up the high standard of performance for which we were well known.
Combining these two interests I wrote my first book called ‘Stage Struck’, about an amateur drama group in a small leafy town in England.
Unfortunately, the American publisher of my books has gone out of business, but I hope to have them re-published in the near future.