I've always loved to draw and wish I had chosen an artistic career but was encouraged to chose something more "sensible", so after years of working as a secretary in London, then as a part-time childminder/playgroup assistant/creche worker and now as an admin assistant in a laboratory back in my home town in Scotland, I started trying to teach myself pastel painting in 2008 and have managed to have my work exhibited in the first 3 prestigious Chatelherault Art Festival Exhibitions in 2008, 2009 & 2010- real beginner's luck! I've sold a few framed prints, greeting cards, etc. on an on-line site, but not enough to give up the day job! I wish I could create that one image, like Vettriano, that everyone wants to have in their livingroom! It would be wonderful to be able to retire early and spend my time creating art! I would love to ultimately illustrate a children's book but for now I am just enjoying learning and interacting on-line on sites like this with other like minded artists. I love the art I have seen on this site so far, it's very positive and inspiring, thank you for visiting my page!