After an early childhood in Wales ( and a convent education) I moved to West Sussex in 1961. Due to the education system at that time, I had an unintended education in (lack of) social equality, poverty and its links to academic failure. I left with the bare minimum of exams, though I took some AS and A levels at a further education college, but had no art training.
As a teenager, we had friends who were here as refugees from what was then Biafra.
My mother remained in touch but has outlived her friends.
As a mature student, and then after training as an existential/psychoanalytic psychotherapist, I began my rather late art education with Emily Ball@ Seawhites in Partridge Green, West Sussex around 2002 and finally felt able to have my own studio around ten years ago.
The recent paintings (over the last two years) have brought together many of the early experiences/themes of my life – and the global current themes of migration, homelessness, and longing for home. Cardiff, where I started out, has for many generations been a busy place of immigration. I have vague black and white memories of it as the old working port, when my father took me as a child. My grandfather worked there loading coal onto ships. I live by the sea now though in a very different sort of place. The Welsh government published a paper last year on being a National of Asylum.
It has taken quite some while to realise that my main interest is in how people relate to each other, whether in pairs or groups (although now it seems blindingly obvious) and the work over the last two years has been partly in response to the media's report of asylum seekers or migrants, and after reading Zadie Smith's Swing Time. I always begin with a photo, or maybe two, then do pen sketches or paint sketches before beginning the painting. I'm a messy worker, hate cleaning brushes, and due to my lack of assiduousness have thrown away many, and been moved to use rags, sticks, credit cards, or anything that can be used again or thrown away (though bearing in mind my deep-felt responsibility to the planet and the fact that there is really no such place as 'away'.