I was born in Edinburgh, Scotland. My family moved when I was 8, and I grew up on the outskirts of London. I then attended the University of Leicester doing humanities subjects including History of Art. After this I trained and worked in Social Work related employments. I also followed various other pursuits such as research (for the York museums). I have lived off and on in both England and Scotland and I am now permanently based in Scotland. I have had some involvement in visual art all my life, including part time study and in some of my occupational roles, but I have needed to give precedence to other things. However, I am now in the salutary position where I can focus on doing art work.