My creative story

My story

My story

Since I was a child I have always been keen on painting, drawing and anything creative. I would 'get lost' in the flow of it all. It was only my Mother calling me that pulled me out it. I would carry on and try and get more time, turning a deaf ear.

I suppose it wasn't valued to be 'arty' in  my family. It was something to pass the time and I wasn't encouraged. At school in Primary and secondary school, I excelled in art and got good marks, although missed a lot of schooling due to ill health.

As a teenager I got into making rag dolls  from scratch they all had their own personality with embroidered faces and all dressed differently. I made clowns as well with felt shoes with bells sewn on them. It gave me the thrill to see a child with one of my creations!
Drawing of  'Sadie' our dog my last drawing for years.
Drawing of  'Sadie' our dog my last drawing for years.

I got a job as a design reproducer for a while. That finished around the time I had open heart surgery at 16 yrs. (all good now!)

I married young, but  I still did some drawing, but after my first child was born I never did anything for quite a few years. Even after we immigrated from the UK to Perth in 1985.

After my marriage broke up I worked full time for a while, I was determined! I found a therapist who said to make one day a week my art day for me. To heal my inner child. It really did help! I joined a group at a local art centre did some fabric painting on Monday's. We created together for years even after the course had finished. 

I started  going to TAFE and studying art & design. I also studied floristry at TAFE a few years later and worked as a florist creating funeral arrangements. I love flowers, the smell, the colours etc.

Drawing of  'Sadie' our dog my last drawing for years.

Drawing of  'Sadie' our dog my last drawing for years.

So committing to myself every week was my therapy and also helped me be free with my art to experiment. After having many different jobs, and another two children later, I decided to create a meetup group in 2009  called 'Perth Art and Creative Expression'.  I found people liked to paint around me!  Maybe when you are in your creative flow then you are magnetic!My studio is  in Inglewood now called Naked Canvas It was my dream to have the space to create and help others do the same.

After recently finishing my creatively fit coaching with Whitney Freya. I now have lots to share and I know that my art practice is important to me for my well being. It is my joy!