I was born in Chester,
England in 1946. I had a normal education and
left school at 16, my father not inclined to let
girls go to university.
months later, due to a difficult home life, my
twin sister and I left home and ventured into
the big wide world unaided. During the next two
years, whilst working in the Civil Service, I
took evening classes to obtain ĎAí levels.
Eventually, aged 21, I resigned from my hated
Civil Service job belatedly entering university
to gain teaching qualifications in education,
biology and music.
I did show some
artistic talent as a youngster which manifested
itself in music. I had piano lessons as a child
and violin lessons as an adult.
became very proficient on both instruments. For
many, many years I enjoyed the creativity
associated with performing music as a member of
the Hallam Symphonia and the Sheffield Symphony
Orchestra. Unfortunately, a life of full time
work teaching, combined with building and
running my own cattery business, meant I hadnít
the time to explore other creative activities.
Never had I put pencil or paintbrush to paper
until emigrating to Cyprus in the year 2000,
with my now husband Christopher Solomon. From
that moment an era of artistic blossoming
followed, sprouting from an unopened kernel that
had lain dormant within me all my life. And so
it was that rather late in life my personal
artistic journey began.