Steer issue 23 June 2019 - Page 20



Did you
being a
Ever since I can remember I used to draw and paint, my
father would leave lining paper on my bedroom wall so
I could paint murals. I wanted to stay on at school to
study art and photography but got tempted by an offer
of a hairdressing apprenticeship paying £25.00 a week!
It was probably the worst decision I have ever made
but it did give me a career that lasted twenty years. A
slipped disc and operation made me re-evaluate my
career and returned me back to my artist roots. I enrolled
into art college at the age of 35 as a single mum whilst
still working as a hairdresser. I managed to complete the
course and also won a personal achievement award.
I decided to start a business painting murals for children
at nurseries, schools, hospitals and private bedrooms. I
was also experimenting painting portraiture in different
styles influenced by Andy Warhol and David Hockney.
I took some of my subjects, Johnny Depp as Captain
Jack, to a local gallery to get some feedback. The gallery
owner was so positive and offered to hold an exhibition
of my work which formed the Legends collection. On the
opening night I sold six paintings, which was amazing, and
over the following weeks most of the paintings were sold,

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