I was born in Beverly in Yorkshire and grew up on the beaches and cobbled streets of Whitby. As a teenager my family moved to the Cotswolds into beautiful, but landlocked, surroundings. I missed the sea...and still do.
I was always creative and my first job as a young artist was with the Royal Shakespeare Company in the late 80's. I was a prop maker for five years. However, the pull of being onstage, rather than behind it, was too much, so I decided to audition for Drama School.
I was lucky enough to go to the prestigious Rose Bruford College in London and became an actor, progressed to director and finally, after a stint at Warwick University, to teacher of acting. I have spent nearly twenty five years creating theatre, making art and working within the creative industries. It has been, and still is, a privilege to teach, and inspire creativity and confidence in an early career actors and artists. It's wonderful to be part of their amazing journey.
I always said to myself that if I had my time again I would have loved to experience art school and during a hiatus between teaching jobs, I took the plunge. I was accepted into a Masters programme at The Birmingham School of Art.
I did it. It was hard. Sometimes it made me cry, but I have not looked back. I am now a fully paid up, card carrying fine artist.
Welcome to my new world!