I was born in Edinburgh, Scotland. My family moved to England when I was 8, and I grew up on the outskirts of London. I then attended the University of Leicester doing academic 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 have now returned to Scotland once again, this time for good. Although I have had some involvement in visual art all my life, including part time classes and in some of my occupational roles, I am not an artist by background and I don't really identify with the idea of being an artist. Nonetheless I now find myself in the position where I can give art more priority.