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5 photos – 5 day challenge – Family Portrait

Day 2 of the 5 photos – 5 day challenge 

June 1975 at Long Lake, Maine. – Family portrait P1160413 After moving from Florida to Staten Island, New York in the spring of 1966, life moved on and I entered a period which I could never have  predicted….

My first marriage was dissolved, and I became a single working mother in New York during the Mad Men era. – a story unto itself.     Commuting back and forth to Manhattan on the Staten Island Ferry, I observed as the World Trade Center – Twin Towers  being built….

All notions of making art had to be tabled….however most weekends I took Jarrod into Manhattan to visit the Central Park Zoo and as many galleries as possible.    The  important thing was that I established independence.  

Working as a registered representative for the New York Stock Exchange on the White, Weld & Co trading desk.       The equipment shown here was state of the art at that time. 

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By 1972, I was planning on returning to the UK in time for Jarrod to begin school, and then out of the blue, I met and married my second husband.

We set up home/studio in the West Chester, Pennsylvania area.    This was the beginning of my career as a working artist.      In 1976, the year after my daughter Christie was born, I had been picked up by Newman Galleries, Philadelphia and had my first solo exhibition at the Chester County Arts Association. 

Of course this was only the beginning my journey as a working artist.

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Back to the Family Portrait.

As I look at this photograph, I am reminded of how precious our short time on this earth is.

In 1976 when this family portrait was taken, no one could have been creative enough to imagine the technological world that we live in today.  

Most importantly it reminds me to make the most of every single moment……

Have a Magical Hummingbird day……


A Bientôt

More images from the past….

I am on a roll, and so thought it would be fun to show more photos from the past.

Interestingly, I had my first solo exhibition at the Chester County Arts Association in 1976, and my last solo exhibition in Pennsylvania at Chester County Arts Center  about a year before I returned to the UK/Europe in 1993.

I am standing next to one of a series of large oils which were all biographical still life paintings.      This painting represents  the lives of two very important people in my life journey.


My first solo exhibition at CCAA in 1976.


A newspaper cutting of me in front of the large oil portrait of my dear (departed from this world) friend, the astrologer Adzie Mixxie.       I am pleased to say that it is now with me in London.


My son Jarrod and I enjoying The Easter Parade in New York….about 1995



A studio in the Massara Buiding, West Chester, Pa.    The large oil self portrait was painted in 1989.


A road trip across Texas on the way to Sante Fe, New Mexico, with American artist, Maggie Battalino.


Teaching in Spearfish, S. Dakota.


A ‘selfie’ I took just before Christmas, wearing my prized medal from Axlepin Publishing in the Philippines.

Sometime, I will show some of the many photographs taken since I returned to the UK /Europe in 1993.


A bientot

68 Years Young (2)

My first  solo exhibition at the Chester County Arts Association in December 1976.


My studio on Prescott Alley, West Chester, Pa.

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In the studio around 1985……Although I look as if I had everything together, in fact I felt very insecure and full of anxiety, proving to never judge a book by its cover.     Just two years later I was to have an epiphany which was to change my life.


This was taken at The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts at the height of my anxiety period.    It just goes show, that photographs don’t always tell the truth.


With my dear friend Carol.


A magic moment in S. Carolina with Jane……friend and surrogate mother.

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With Cynthia McClure Thomassett, after I returned to Wales, Uk


With another dear friend, David Bienkowski when I visited him in California.

This was taken where the Russian River meets the Pacific.


Me with little Ally on my recent trip to Georgia this past October.    Note that Ally is placed strategically to cover double chins:


There are so many more…..this year I will begin to write my autobiography.   having now said it, I must do it.

A bientot