The following photographs are just a few highlights from the ’60s and ’70s.
This photograph was taken in front of The Commonwealth Institute, kensington High Street, in 1964, with my friends Patrick and Maureen. Maureen and I went to art school together, and have recently been re connected through the magic of FB:)
The building which housed the Commonwealth Institute will become the new home of the Design Museum, opening in 2016.
With Maureen on my Lambretta scooter in London – 1964. When the petrol tank had a puncture, a man at the local garage told me to plug it up with bubble gum…which I did, and it was just fine.
This was in the days long before health and safety and so no one questioned such things, or the fact that we didn’t wear helmets….It was much more relaxed.
Maureen and I met at the Medway College of Arts in Kent….This picture shows the entrance to the college. Since then a new campus has been built however, I will be forever grateful that we went to the original site….in the middle of Rochester.
I was married in 1965, – then in January of 1966 my husband and I sailed for New York on The SS United States Liner. The plan was to visit the States for two years. Upon arrival in New York we took a Greyhound Bus to Miami where we were met and driven to Key West.
In Key West we stayed with relatives of my husband who were involved in organising volunteers to help with the influx of Cuban refugees. We were invited to help, which was an experience I will never forget.
It’s important to note that having sailed from Southampton on January 28th 1966, my son Jarrod was born exactly Nine months later!
I must have been about two weeks pregnant when we left England – no pregnancy tests in those days…you just had to wait and see!
I am about seven months pregnant in this photograph.
Then on September 10th 1966 Jarrod was born….Here we are together in one of those photographic machines. I remember this moment so well.
We lived in Ft. Lauderdale until Jarrod was 4 months and then we drove in an old Chevy Impala all the way to Staten Island, New York where we had friends.
We rented a small cottage from Mimi Kolff on Harbor View Place close to the Verrazano Bridge and Fort Wadsworth. Just one year earlier we had sailed under the newly constructed Verrazano Bridge, not knowing that we would be living almost beneath its shadow!
Jarrod and me in front of the cottage on Staten island.
Not too long after arriving on Staten Island my first marriage ended, and so with a young child to support, I needed to get a job. Mimi Kolff, friend and landlady, arranged an interview for me as a gal friday with White, Weld & Co on Wall Street. After a memorable interview, I was hired and worked for Sandy Lewis, who is still a friend. With Sandy’s encouragement, I became a Registered Representative with the New York Stock Exchange working on the Block Stock trading desk. It was an amazing and life changing four year period.
Working on the block stock trading desk at White, Weld & Co.
In 1972, I moved to the `White Weld Philadelphia office thinking that Jarrod an I would return to the UK a year later however, that’s when I met my second husband.
I re-married in 1973 and moved to Chester County Pennsylvania. It was in 1973 that I began my journey as a working artist.
1975, Christie was born….I love this picture of Jarrod feeding Christie right after she came home from the hospital…note the little kitten sleeping next to them….We always had a house filled with children and animals:)
Then in 1976, I had my first solo exhibition at the Chester County Arts Association in West Chester, Pa. During the year preceding the exhibition, I was picked up by Newman Galleries in Phildelphia where I sold wildlife paintings.
1976 – My first solo exhibition at the Chester County Arts Association, West Chester, Pa.
More happy memories during the ’70s – Summer at Long Lake, Maine. 1975
Christie at the Westtown Quarry Swim Club. This image is in the book Four Seasons of Chester County by Red Hammer.
As a family we spent many happy days here.
Christie’s first birthday – March 1976….No I never was much of a cake maker! but the children always enjoyed them:)
And last but not least…Courtney, Kendle and Jarrod – swimming at Westtown School lake. Kendle and Jarrod are now together as partners in love….which is wonderful, proving once again that none of us is ever creative enough to know how things will actually work out……
Have a Magical Hummingbird weekend….
Photographs from the ’80s and ’90s next Friday…