I live in Bristol with my daughter Pippa and cat Mr Mo. Bristol is in south-west England, tucked in between the three counties of Somerset, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire. I spent my early years on the east coast of the United States of America, lived in London, England from the age of 4, and moved aged 8 to Paris, France, which I left at 18 to study back in the UK. I have since lived in Germany, Chicago, and Venezuela, and travel as tour-guide across most countries within Western Europe.
It was at the age of 4, whilst travelling across North America in the back of a green mustang, with my colouring books for company, that I knew I wanted to be an artist. Such a conviction was soon joined with a love for other artists' work. I took on preparatory studies in art, design and history of art at the Académie Julian, and later studied life drawing and sculpture at diverse venues in England and Germany.
Whilst at school I was an enthusiast at poetry recital, which filled in for the lack of theatrical productions. In my first term at university, I went for my very first audition and started a love affair with the theatre, which influenced my decision to specialise in French and German theatre for my language degree. The skills I developed on stage inform my teaching, tour-guiding, and public speaking.
A natural intuitive, precognitions throughout childhood lead me to investigate religion, philosophy, divination, and diverse spiritual paths. I have always had, to my memory, an awareness of a greater dimension to the experience of life, and have grown to understand better my perception of an interconnectedness between people, animals, and all life beyond time and space.
My own personal journey has lead me among much joy and many blessings, to also deal with depression, a nervous breakdown, broken hearts, and single parenthood. These have served to strengthen my empathy and propel me on a path of self discovery.
Life isn't always easy. We are sensitive. However, as a Reiki Master, Paul Mitchell, once said: there would be a lot less suffering in the world if there were more acceptance of the suffering inherent in being human. Holding ourselves in gentleness has proven to me to be a good way forward.
I love flowers, trees, grass under my feet, and looking out to the horizon across fields of green. I hold a reverence for nature, my greatest teacher and benefactor. It is within her fold that I touch base with my deepest self and sense of living. The earth is grounding. I believe in its power to attract, hold and heal. I am a shaman at heart.
I worked in the education department of The Natural History Museum in London for 15 years on a part-time and casual basis. My time there dramatically increased my knowledge and cemented my fascination for the natural world. It was then the magnificent landscape and luscious flora of Venezuela that lead to my awe of flowers, and sparked the desire in me to paint them. I like to spend time visiting museums and art galleries, admiring paintings and sculptures. I enjoy the sense of community as I come together with those who created them, and equally all those who have viewed them like me. There a calm of permanence prevails, as inner and outer worlds are recreated in the common striving of self-expression and the magic and skill of representation. I float into different worlds, epochs, relationships. I feel connected to them and them to me. I travel through places and emotions, those of the figures, of the artists, those provoked in me. And when life in its complexity becomes overwhelming, when I feel confused or down, art galleries are places I go and find myself again, in front of the sculptures and the paintings.
I have always enjoyed stories, both reading and writing, and also listening to them. I still have some of the stories I wrote as a primary school child. At 13, I filled books with poetry and musings on feelings. Today I love to dive off into my inner worlds of characters, and play with words like leaves on the surface of water.
I walk my path through life sharing the knowledge I have gained, the wonder I hold, the understanding I carry, because I am drawn to do so, and in the hope and joy of inspiring others to live as fully as possible, and supporting the life of our planet and the life beyond.
The Great Spirit dwells in the fabric of nature, in the trees and flowers, birds, fish, bear and tiger, as in each one of us. Deeply concerned for the welfare of the earth and all that lives on her, I am dedicated to reducing the use of plastic, recycling, minimising waste, and promoting kindness to all living things.
I love my family and friends, and I love to laugh.