I live with my life partner of 25 years, and our adult son in Hemel Hempstead, the town I was born and raised. Upon leaving school I gained a qualification in Art & Design, then studied to become a Chef. After gaining experience and achieving Head chef status, and catering for the elite. I went on to manage and regenerate struggling catering outlets. However, after several redundancies, I decided to pursue my passions elsewhere, and am now an abstract Artist.
Having always been an animal lover. I was always the first to volunteer to take home the school pet for the holidays, or would bring home the strays. I pestered my parents for a year before they bought me my first dog at the age of 9, and I brought home my first Snake in my teens (much to my parent’s dismay!) I’ve had dogs ever since. I don’t believe a house is a home without a dog!
For the last 10 years I have been practicing Tropical Marine Fish Husbandry, Something I find fascinating. Watching my fish and invertebrates is honestly, better than anything on TV!
Happily married with two children and one wonderful Grandson. I have lived in Hemel Hempstead for 16 years. I am well travelled and have also worked abroad. I try not to take life too seriously, and I have always said “There is always a positive out of a negative”.
Having had a love of animals all my life. I worked at a riding school as a trainee riding instructor. I also worked in a pet shop for many years. Thinking I would always work with animals was short lived, as financial reality unfortunately set in!
From my twenties onwards, my work life was office based. However, I continued to keep many pets over the years including hamsters, a rat, turtles and fish etc. I also have had cats throughout my life (Bobby, JoJo, Reuben, Hannah, Hannah 2, Lottie and Dali). My first dog Brody (a gorgeous Golden Retriever) was the most amazing pet, he had an incredible life and unfortunatly passed just before his 15th birthday. Six months beforehand, we introduced him RT the Golly Dog (a Collie/Golden Retriever cross). He is now 3 years old, and of course wonderful too.
I am also an established abstract artist, which affords me the time to do what I really love, to spend as much time with animals as I choose.