I was born on the mystical Isle of Avalon and lived at the foot of Glastonbury Tor until moving to Taunton and boarding school at the age of 11.
I’ve lived in Bournemouth for over 40 years and worked as PA to 4 successive Principals of The Bournemouth & Poole College for 25 years. I completed a BA(Hons) degree in Business Studies at Bournemouth University in 1998.
Bournemouth & Boscombe Light Opera Company features large in my outside interests – I’ve trod the boards, been their Secretary and Chairman at various stages over the years and am their current President. Photography and skiing also feature, although I wish I’d been able to start the latter 40 years ago when the body was supple and the mind fearless!
Until 1999 I had lived my life convinced that I couldn’t paint or draw until I enrolled on an inspirational evening class with Frances Shearing and she opened up a whole new world which I am avidly exploring and enormously enjoying. I was also fortunate to have been taught by the late Alan Simpson RSMA.
I retired from work in 2007 and am enjoying spending a lot more time with paint brush in hand experimenting with different media.