I was born in Wales in 1947. I come from a family of famous RAF pilots. My early years felt the shadow of World War 2.
I grew up in England, Washington D.C. and Bahrain in the Persian Gulf. I came to Vancouver in my mid-teens when my father had retired from the Air Force. I found it hard to settle here and spent many years travelling between Vancouver and England.
I had my first solo exhibition at the Bau Xi gallery in 1977. I had two shows back to back in Vancouver and Toronto. I exhibited exclusively with them for fifteen years and then I went to Buschlen Mowatt on Georgia Street. Barry Mowatt exposed my work to an international audience. I was a single mother of two and had to work hard during these years. I also did a lot of teaching in many institutions, in particular Arts Umbrella and Langara College.
In 2002 I married in Hawaii and moved there until recently. I loved living in Hawaii and designed and built a house from scratch - also a swimming pool full of tiles that I helped hand paint in a factory in Bali, Indonesia. I had an international market for my work and many paintings went to Japan and the mainland U.S. There is an entire hotel of my work in Seoul, Korea.
Towards the end of my years in Hawaii I had a very interesting gallerist and he exposed my work to a British market. From 2014 - 2019 I exhibited every summer in the Royal Academy in London, U.K. They liked my portraits of Elizabeth the First and other historical figures. These works were all auctioned during the Openings.
I think my present “Botticelli type” paintings evolved from the Elizabeths. I feel I’ve come full circle.
The borders and decorative features in my paintings come from my childhood years in Bahrain. This is where I first started to make art. I was very much encouraged by my brilliant mother!