I have had several interests and professions throughout my life, and now in my ageing years, I find myself seeking to integrate these in a way that can be beneficial to others during these stressful times.
I feel extremely blessed to have received classical training in the arts at the renowned Florentine Studio of Nerina Simi, followed by studies at the Parisian Academy of Art during the 1960s. This served, not only to develop my artistic skills, but also to broaden my horizons. I then ventured further afield to Southern Africa where I engaged in painting the exquisite flora and fauna and the fascinating cultural characteristics of tribal peoples. I also embarked on a series of portrait commissions and exhibitions before returning to East Anglia. There I settled whilst continuing to exhibit, undertake commissions and teach art throughout the region.
During this time I was drawn to deepen my understanding of my Christian faith. After studying at theological college in Cambridge for several years and receiving counselling following a traumatic marital breakdown, I embarked on extensive training in individual, family and organisational therapy. This led to the setting up of community based resources to enable people suffering loss and emotional problems to overcome obstacles that impede them from fulfilling their dreams and to find meaning and purpose in their lives.
Years later, my pastoral interests led me to South Wales where I ran a small retreat centre for those seeking to explore their inner journey. Here amidst the idyllic setting of the Brecon Beacons, I also rediscovered my passion for the arts. Relocating to Monmouth a decade later to be closer to my growing family, I now enjoy working mainly in glass! Recently equipped with my own kiln, I’ve spent much of this past year experimenting with colour, texture and tone in both kiln fired as well as stained glass. Plans for 2021 include the use of imagery and metaphor as inspiration to accompany my glass work for reflective purposes.