Hi, I’m a mum, teacher, musician, and artist. We have spent 15 yrs overseas in Cambridge, England and Melbourne, Australia.  Now back in NZ, our 3 boys are learning about being NZer’s. My husband is enjoying the beaches and I am loving the art study and looking forward to painting the landscape.

I knew from the age of 12 that I wanted to be an artist, to draw and paint.  High School revolved around the art room and a dynamic plainly spoken art teacher who made me dig deep.  In retrospect I credit her with drilling me in the rudiments of painting and drawing, as well as connecting deeply with my own creativity.

Training as a primary teacher I majored in both music and art.  The following years became years of teaching some primary school art, but not enough to satisfy a deep need to express myself.   Fitting art class around having small children became a wonderful outlet and fired me to refine and develop as an artist. With the boys now at school it is good to now have more time available to invest into growing as an artist.

I look forward to the journey.  It is a wonderful thing to be at the point of realizing a deep-seated dream that has been part of me for so long.  I feel happier when I’ve drawn or painted or in some way created in the day.  I know after my first tutor’s report that it’s going to require more.  But that’s OK with me.  This is what makes me feel alive.

Some wise person said once, “Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive, and then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”  Dr. Howard Thurman

see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Howard_Thurman#Quotations