I graduated in 1990 then did two years post grad specialising in painting and sculpture, my sculptures were awful and dangerous so I stuck to painting.
Then I was off hitch-hiking around Europe, trekking in South America and having a ball in South East Asia. I met so many exciting artists and learnt much. Lo Angel a painter, contemporary and friend of Andy Warhol in Cusco, let me help in his studio and told me tales of life in the Factory, an artist and architect in France took me to see carved troglodyte caves and showed me Picasso sketches he’d received in lieu of payment for a barn conversion- he kept them in a paper tube... I even tried traditional taxidermy methods with artisans on the floating reed villages of Lake Titicaca but was so ill afterwards, that I decided to stick with just painting.
I have worked in lots of galleries around the country, honing skills in picture framing, marketing, events management and buying, but my favourite was Spectrum Gallery in Machynlleth working for artists Paul Martinez Frias and Pam Taylor, these really were golden days and I learnt so much including how to swear in Spanish, but not a decent grasp of Welsh, still learning – dipyn bach....
In 2007 I moved to Richmond and with Arts Council funding set up my business The Pop-Up Gallery. It ran from 2010-2018 taking artists, workshops and creative happenings to isolated areas of The Dales, running networking sessions, organising collaborations, project managing Art Festivals, Veterans’ Art Challenges, Art Trails and even a pop-up Sculpture Park, some more successful than others but all great fun.