I was raised on a farm in the Lleyn peninsula, North Wales. My first memories of exploring my surroundings and the sights, sounds of my first home at Criccieth remain with me still. I attended Art Foundation at Bangor which was run by a well known landscape and figure painting artist Peter Prendergast. I was encouraged to do a HND in Surface Pattern Design course at Stockport College of Technology whereby I gained a distinction and won the Simon Prize Award. I was then employed as a stylist and surface pattern designer in the potteries for William Adams and later Royal Albert (part of Wedgewood and later the Royal Doulton group and designed many flowers in watercolour. I then moved to London to live and worked as a part-time freelance designer for Nicola Corrigan Designs. However, over the years I missed the countryside and decided to return to Wales. I realised also I needed to change the direction of my artistic work.