At the age of 16, I wanted to go to Art College. You did not do that, coming from Doncaster, amidst the miners’ strike. It was not the sensible career path! As a result, I had a highly successful career in education, inspiring teenagers to reach for their dreams. Throughout, my passion for Art did not diminish. Fortunately, I got to teach art and design stage sets, keeping the dream alive. Now, I create paintings and wood reliefs, inspired by walks, dreams and travels, capturing the landscapes real and in the mind. To create a wood relief or an oil painting, I sketch and photograph an idea, and explore in differing mediums before deciding on the technique. Each carving notch or paint stroke is purposeful to capture the movement. Each colour choice creates the atmosphere. Each piece of work explores the impact moment of seeing the view or place. My aim is to inspire happiness and for people to belief in themselves, no matter their background or age.