So here’s a little bit about me …
I grew up and went to school in southeast London, I wasn't particularly academic but I loved the creative subjects.
Throughout my childhood my absolute love was horses. I was the very proud owner of an imaginary one, my garden was always full of jumps made out of watering cans and garden canes and my Saturdays were spent helping at the local stables and returning home exhausted and filthy. It was these exhausting days running around fields with my four legged friends that sealed my love of animals.
University wasn't an option for me, I just wanted to find a job and start earning money. Once I entered the world of work, I moved further south into Kent. My working life has been all about design and creativity, with graphic design being at the forefront. In the nineties I was head of the design team for a large investment firm in the City of London and I am still offering my freelance graphic design service to my long-standing connections in the financial industry.
Then in 2004, combining my needs as a mother with my design skills, I started The Victoria Chart Company. Established in both the UK and USA, I design and produce reward charts and educational products supporting positive development in children.
Like so many people, life is busy and demanding and in this ever changing, fast paced world, I like nothing better than losing myself in art. Art is my escapism; it is where I find complete solace, peace and calm. When so much around us is electronic and digital, there is nothing better than picking up a pencil or paintbrush and getting creative. The end result showing its little perfections and imperfections can be so fascinating.
I am a self-taught artist, and felt comfortable experimenting and drawing in pencil. My first pencil portraits were drawn as gifts for friends and family when I was pregnant - a time when I didn't have much spare cash. The drawings were a great hit and slowly over time I received more requests for personal commissions for gifts and special keepsakes. From there my confidence grew and I started Originals In Pencil.
Recently, I have extended may range to include watercolour paintings, this is a whole new medium and so incredibly different to the precise work of pencil. I love the soft muted colours and how the paints interact and bleed with one another. The unpredictability of it and how the paint deciding its positioning always leads to the most fascinating results.
The most touching part of my work is seeing and hearing my client's reaction. To hear comments such as "I will treasure this forever" and "It was the best present under the tree" and to see faces light up and even shed a tear makes the many hours I commit to this so very worth it.
Please don't hesitate to contact me if you would like to commission a pencil or watercolour portrait for someone special, or maybe even a little treat for yourself! I'd be delighted to help.
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