My interest in photography began with my first Saturday job at a local camera shop. I saved my pitiful earnings to buy my first camera.  I think I spent more time taking it apart to see how it worked than actually taking pictures, but it sparked what has become a lifelong passion for photography. My first 'proper' camera was a Minolta film SLR purchased in Hong Kong during a 6 month overland journey through Europe, Russia, Mongolia, China, Hong kong, Thailand, Malaysia, India and Nepal.  But that was 25 years ago and since then the pressing need to earn a living had put photography on the back burner. But after two university degrees, one in Psychology and the other in Mathematics, and a career as a teacher, I was ready for another challenge.  So my husband Chris and I took a career break and moved to Europe for fun, food and adventure.

Whilst travelling in Portugal in 2007 I fell acutely ill with a genetic condition that caused my liver to fail.  I was hugely lucky to have an emergency liver transplant in Portugal and I will be forever grateful to my donor's family and all the amazing Portuguese health professionals and friends who helped in my recovery.  My health will never be the same but I am so thankful for this second chance at life.

I lived for many years in Southern Spain on the Costa de la Luz, Cadiz with my lovely husband Chris, where  the pollution free, natural environment was  instrumental in my ongoing  recovery.  The intensity of the light there and the amazing Atlantic Ocean were  so restorative and invigorating, not only for my health but in providing such  inspiration for my photography.  The Ocean breaths new life into everyday and  makes me feel truly alive.  To live  near the Ocean, for me, is an absolute privilege .

We relocated back to the UK in 2020 and we are now enjoying living in North Devon, South West England, close to the beautiful beaches and stunning landscapes of this fabulous coastline.  In March 2022 North Devon was formally announced as the 12th World Surfing Reserve and only the second in Europe along with Ericeira (Portugal).  This puts the North Devon beaches of Croyde, Saunton and Woolacombe, alongside other iconic surfing locations such as Malibu and Santa Cruz (California); and Gold Coast, Noosa and Manly Beach (Australia), and rightly so.

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