In May 2015 my life came crashing down around me. I was 7 months pregnant with my second son, working as an Art Teacher in a local secondary school when my world was shattered after my parents were involved in a serious car accident while on holiday in Scotland. My mum escaped with minor burns but with 50% third degree burns after three days unconscious in ICU my dad wasn’t so lucky.
I’ve always been involved with the arts, straight out of Uni I started working in photography and built up a successful business and ran my own studio. After 12 years I needed a change and spent a few years as a police officer but I missed my art too much. After meeting my husband and moving to Holland for a couple of years and having my first son I started re-training as an art teacher. I love teaching! But I struggled morally with spending my evenings and weekends marking and planning lessons rather than spending the time with my own kids. The accident helped me put my life into perspective, instead of paying other people to bring up my kids, I wanted to be a better parent, be there for them in their early years, as well as being there to support my mum who now suffers from PTSD. The accident really bought it home to me; no one really knows how much time they have left with their loved ones, normally can be ripped away from under you at the drop of a hat!
So now I do my best to live every day as if it was my last. No regrets. Smile, draw, play with my kids, be happy. I am so lucky to be able to make money from something I enjoy so much, I look forward to every day and know that’s what dad would have wanted. By commissioning me to draw your loved ones, know that you are helping to support me, my husband and our two small boys to fill the gap we lost.