For me painting is simply a place of rest and reflection where you are free from the need to understand.”
I love reading people's stories... so here's a bit of mine!
Born in 1973 I grew up in Japan as the child of adventurous missionaries, learnt to speak Japanese and attended boarding school from age 6–18. With a Dutch mother and English father I was what they call a 'Third Culture Kid'. The exposure to many different cultures from an early age made 'defining' myself a particular challenge!
Older, wiser and now calling St Albans, Hertfordshire home I no longer see the need to define who I am or what I do. If I can pinpoint the start of my painting journey I would say that it was on seeing the work of British artist John Miller and his Cornish landscape paintings.
With no formal Art training (not even a GCSE or A-Level!) I have painted since my early twenties never really imagining that I would one day make it my full-time career. An eternal optimist, I loved what I created even from the start and my next painting will always be my favourite! I read somewhere that 'When you learn to paint you find a constant companion'. I find that painting is endlessly entertaining.
I love to teach others how to paint so in 2010 I started my first Art class. Now a family business, ArtShed enables hundreds of children in our local community to attend weekly Art Classes and holiday camps where they can learn to draw and paint.