I can first remember painting Mickey Mouse and hearing the words “that’s good, Anne” from my mum. After that I drew incessantly and taught myself to draw by copying Disney characters. My dad’s art shop in Lancashire was an ‘Aladdin’s cave’ with all sorts of treasures and I regarded myself as an ‘artist’, signing and dating my drawings in sketchbooks.

After graduating in Fine Art at the University of Reading in 1984, I pursued a career in Education, but as I was always torn between the visual and performing arts I then completed an MEd in Creative Arts at the University of Exeter and eventually taught music in primary education. Retirement from my last post as music teacher in an International school has enabled me to focus fully on painting again.

Over the years my work has been exhibited, commissioned and bought by collectors in the UK and USA. This year I was featured in “House and Garden”,participated in Surrey Artists’ Open Studios, exhibited in the Art and Sculpture Event at High Clandon Vineyard and with Leatherhead Art Club. In the coming weeks my work will be seen on the Surrey Artists website, Tebbs Gallery ‘Nature’ virtual group exhibition and in the local area.