I am a self employed artist , tutor and have been for over 30 years. I am one of the lucky ones I think because I always knew what I wanted to do. From the age of eight all I wanted was to paint, started selling my paintings at eleven. Took part in my first joint exhibition and found a gallery when I was 19. Spent most of my early years raising babies and painting. Managed to get part time work at Otago School of Art and University tutoring life drawing and fabric painting also tutored part time Fashion School life drawing until the 90’s when artist tutors went out of vogue and more qualified academic people took over. Then ran my own gallery for 15 years, more babies, more painting and holding my own classes all the way through.