The Artist

“An animal’s eyes have the power to speak a great language.”

My professional background is not in the art arena but in the world of dance. I starting dancing at the age of 5, won a dance scholarship and went on to to be an I.S.T.D (Imperial Society of the Teachers of Dance) professional Ballroom and Latin American teacher. This later evolved to also include fitness, nutrition and personal training.

I have to say I have loved every moment of my dance & fitness career, from the management side to the training formation teams, the dance competitions and stage work. The creativity of dance is very close to my heart, even if the knees are no longer quite so willing!

Art is something I almost studied on leaving school, I toyed with the idea of Art College and becoming an interior designer; my house gets continually rearranged as I try to fulfil my love of design! I revisited my interest in art when I moved with my husband to Abu Dhabi in 1997, I joined a pastel art group and enjoyed the creative process so much, I have never stopped since. To further my knowledge I studied Pet Portraiture with the London College of Art. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Over the years I discovered the medium I prefer to work in, the simple pencil. I like the control I have over a portrait and the amount of detail I can achieve; I am a “slight” control freak. In the same vein, my love of animals makes them my natural subject matter. Another very important part of my art is animal welfare, having lived in countries where animal welfare is severely lacking, I am very passionate about promoting responsibility and compassion to animals.

So in short, the dance teacher shoes have been hung up and the art side is being embraced. As long as life is creative!


My babies – rescued when they were 2 days old from a storm drain in the Philippines.




Artistic Influences J D Hillberry & Mike Sibley