I always loved art at school but didn't see it as a viable way to make a living - it was just something I enjoyed. I trained as a private secretary but soon got a job working as an administrator in the advertising department of a large company and enjoyed working alongside the graphic artists in the studio there. After taking time out to raise my two daughters, I decided to retrain as a nurse as I felt that I wanted to do something more meaningful.
Over the years I have dabbled in many different hobbies and occupations from working as a film extra to qualifying as a Cognitive Hypnotherapist, as I love to take on challenges and learn new skills. A couple of years ago I joined a local 'ColourWheel' art class to give myself some time away from the stresses of my work and everyday life. I discovered that the class allowed me to forget everything for a few hours a week, whilst experimenting with different materials and techniques, and felt that I had finally found 'me'.
During the Covid-19 pandemic, the art group had to stop meeting, so I started to learn from online tutorials. I then became more interested in creating animal portraits using coloured pencils and pastels. I found it relaxing and therapeutic, often drawing for hours without realising the time. I particularly enjoy producing fine details and love to show the animals' personalities and emotions through their eyes. We are so mesmerised by eyes - particularly during the pandemic when wearing face coverings means that we rely on reading all a person's emotions through their eyes, and this is similar to animals who convey so much of their feelings through their eyes.
"Your face can be etched with worry, and twisted by ageing, but the eyes tell the true story of who you are."