I was born in Bristol, England- a lovely country, if somewhat chilly at times. But adventure beckoned, and I set off on a journey through Asia to Auckland, New Zealand. What was supposed to be a one year adventure is still going on over a decade later. I fell in love with NZ then fell in love with a Canadian with a little blue boat. We got married (on the boat!) and went sailing, journeying from Auckland through Vanuatu to Australia, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand and Malaysia. The boat changed from blue to yellow, and I changed too. I don't know if it was the wonderful people we met, the stunning places we visited, the incredible wildlife or the exotic arts, but somewhere along the line an old creative impulse was reawakened. I started keeping a sketchbook and began dreaming of making things.
Back in Auckland, I returned to my teaching job and resolved to keep growing that creative flame. After enrolling in Sketchbook Skool, I built drawing into a daily habit. I started this website as a spot to share ideas, creations and inspiration.
Now adventure has called again, this time sailing from New Zealand across the South Pacific to Canada. I've stocked up on art supplies for a route that will take us through French Polynesia, the remote Line Islands of Kiribati, Hawaii and finally Vancouver Island. I have piles of sketchbooks ready to record the journey and to help me experience my surroundings more closely. I'm also taking the opportunity to see if I can fulfill an old dream of turning my love of art into a way of life and means of living, and have opened shops with Etsy and Redbubble.
I believe that art can capture a spirit of adventure, and reflect our dreams and the bit inside us that always remains wondering and never quite grows up. Art has become my way to explore realities, possibilities and maybes. I hope you'll come explore along with me.
As well as art and traveling, I love scuba diving, sharks, manta rays, nudibranchs, dinosaurs, cheese, chili, mountains and beautiful things with a touch of whimsy. Please have a look around, make a cup of tea- and drop me a note or leave a comment! I love to hear from visitors and make new connections!