My Very Potted History
Sometimes, life throws a curve ball which completely blocks the path you are on. This happened to me in the year 2000 when I became very ill and was eventually diagnosed with ME/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia. My career was in tatters and my marriage at that time failed.
I used to sit by the window and look out to the garden wondering what on earth had happened. To cope, I began to draw. It wasn't new to me though. I had always drawn and painted in my spare time, a hobby I loved.
When I was about 20 yrs old, I had a solo exhibition of watercolour paintings of birds and animals in a luxury hotel in the Cotswolds, supported by my employers. At that time though, my career was on a different path in administration and so my art became my hobby.
I enjoyed my work, which included living in Athens, Greece for 10 years before settling in Wales. Two degrees later, a Masters in HR and a Post Grad in Counselling became effectively useless when I could no longer work. It was the encouragement from friends and family to develop my passion for art that helped me see a way forward, and so a new path was forged.
The "Now" is very different. Although I have never fully recovered, need to walk with a stick, jumble my words sometimes and tend to run out of steam, I have never been happier. I am now married to a wonderful man and my art is my career. I have a lovely studio space at home in Nelson,South Wales. The studio is our converted garage which means I can "go to work" through our garden.
I gained several Highly Commended awards at local Open Art Exhibitions, have shown in all sorts of places from fairs to arty coffee shops and group shows in galleries, and have taken part in the Caerphilly Creatives Summer Art Week and Trail with an Open Studio event since it began. A selection of my work has been on show at The Workers Gallery in Ynyshir with other artists, and more recently a joint exhibition "The Invisible World" with a ceramic artist. My work is quietly gaining momentum with commissions and sales internationally now, as well as locally.
Life is good!