I started painting again in 2008 after a break of 25 years whilst I brought up a family. My husband co-wrote a song years ago and I thought I'd make an animation for it, I mean how difficult could it be. Ha! First I had to learn to draw again. I was horrified that all my skills had long deserted me. The animation was about London and the UK had just won to host the Olympics in 2012. I'm not an animator and found the whole process tedious, but I managed to finish it a couple of weeks before the opening ceremony. I should go back and re-time certain areas, but I'm now too busy trying to find my voice in paint.
I've painted numerous studies over the last few years and am beginning to have fun with them. While my studies have been muted, I've taken to painting brighter showing my more optimistic side. Also, I'm working on my portraiture and am happy to take commissions for them. I can do them from references, but my stronger work is from life.
Painting still doesn't come easily, but I feel that recently I've begun to find my voice. I hope you enjoy it as I think art should be joyous. Not all realists have to full of doom and gloom.
I live with my husband, sons and a couple of cats in London and pay the bills by being an accountant specialising in charities.
Oh, and the "I like to draw naked men" is a joke that came out a long art discussion about how women were more likely to be portrayed nude than men, and prone. I'm sort of trying to redress the balance, but I draw and paint just as many women, but just a bit more animated.
In my ever diminishing spare time, I administrate a forum, along with their Facebook Group and am treasurer of the Bromley Arts Society.