When I was working as an employee full time and commuting to work I used to dream of a job that I could do from home.
I was also painting solidly in my spare time – evenings, weekends and holidays – in order to explore my love of watercolour. But for the time the dream of a stay at home job was way off in the future.
Then about 6 years ago I was diagnosed with a rare tumour which required 12 hours of neurosurgery. I had to move out of my rented house and back in with my parents as I was too ill to care for myself. It took over 2 years to get any kind of normality back to my health but gradually I was able to do small things.
My focus fell on my art and I began painting more regularly as far as my limited reserves of energy and focus allowed.
By chance I came across Etsy and soon tentatively opened my own online gallery. I could never have foretold how this move could have catapulted me so much nearer to my dream job. After 2 years of selling consistently on Etsy I was in a position to rent the adjoining terraced house to my parents and the rest as they say is history.
Now – 4 years on I live in a sunny terraced home with my dog Tilly. I love living here and have managed to use every room in the house for my art!
Enjoy a photographic tour of my home as it is now – I hope it will give you a taste of life in the Valleys.