Head of Art
Life before the Dragon
I grew up in Pembrokeshire (West Wales) surrounded by a landscape steeped in history and one which is spectacularly beautiful with rolling mountains and an outstanding coastline. Needless to say I return there as often as I can, usually camping with my family in the summer months. I began to learn Welsh at the age of three (I am still learning) and am fortunate to be able to still speak it today, even at work with Mr Warlow! I went to my local primary and secondary school, then on to a Foundation Art and Design course before moving to Cardiff to study for my BA Hons in Fine Art. I taught in Higher education whilst working as an artist but then completed my PGCE in Cardiff in 2001. My fist teaching post was at a Pupil Referral Unit in Dorset. I then went on to teach art in a Secondary school in Buckingham before joining the Dragon.
What do you most enjoy about the subjects you teach?
I love art and there is nothing more rewarding that sharing your passion with enthusiastic Dragon pupils. Being able to nurture and develop artistic skill is amazingly rewarding and art offers such diverse possibilities. Seeing a child being proud of their unique creation is so fulfilling.
My family are the most important thing in my life and being a teacher enables me to spend an amazing amount of time with them, though not necessarily during term time! We enjoy the outdoors and during the summer holidays spend as much time on or near a beach as possible. I do paint in my own time and most enjoy painting in watercolours and drawing on location. I try to keep an allotment because there is nothing better that eating your own crop.