A little about me
I have always enthusiastically embraced life, looking for experiences that would bring pleasure and teach me more about the world. Born in England, I wasn’t a great one for school and left as soon as possible to study fashion at the University for the Creative Arts in Rochester, Kent. It wasn’t long before the lights of London called me, and, at the age of 18, I managed to get a position at Jaeger, an international fashion house.
In 1980 my boyfriend – now husband – Peter decided to move to Australia. With no hesitation, I packed up my life in the UK and went too. We’ve been here ever since.
Soon after arriving in this incredible country, we started our first business in Sydney. Our self-employment journey continued, some of them together and some on my own. In later years, one of my two daughters joined me on the ongoing adventure. A florist, a café, designing and producing cross-stitch books, self-publishing and selling craft books were early ventures. Developing and managing hospitality venues came later. Along the way, my interest in graphics and images took me into designing and building websites.
There have been many exciting changes, but one constant for over 20 years has been my passion for photography. I mainly taught myself – as I have with most things in my life – but something different here led me to achieve a qualification. So, at 58, I undertook a Photography and Photo Imaging diploma at Billy Blue College of Design in Sydney. It was a fabulous experience and gave me courage.
I had my first exhibition Serenity, alongside Peter, in November 2019 at The Incinerator in Willoughby, Sydney, and I have sold my work in the US, UK and Australia.
2020 – AIPP (Australian Institute of Professional Photographers) Silver Lining Awards – Newcomer, Finalist
2019 – Viewbug – Apes Photo Contest – Winner
2019 – Capture Magazine – Australia’s Top Emerging Photographers – Student, Top 20
2014 – Australian Photography Magazine, Your Best Shot, On the road