My mother told me that I really started painting seriously just after my father died. I was twelve years old. I continued with my painting, as well as supporting the family. In the early nineties I spent two wonderful years at Halton College of Art and Design achieving a Diploma in Art and Design with distinction. I won a place at John Moores University, Graphic Art but because of family pressures I had to decline. I continued with my painting, which wasn’t easy as two of our children have had brain diseases. For 18 years I studied Life Drawing and this helped me to concentrate my mind and was invaluable in pushing my work to new limits. Today I have my own workshop and I also spend a lot of my time at The Mimosa Tea Garden Workshop and Gallery, where a lot of my work is displayed. My Art is my Life, or is it my Life is my Art?