I grew up in Clacton on Sea, Essex and spent holidays in Wales. Always attracted to ballet, plants and animals I started drawing at an early age, on my bedroom wallpaper. While growing up I not only enjoyed gardening and drawing, but sculpting anything miniature from crinoline ladies, with minuscule ringlets and facial details, to bowls of fruit and stylised animals. I also became very adept with a needle and sewed many animals and dolls that I designed, as well as clothing through my teenage & college years. At school I attended silversmithing classes and took every opportunity to lose myself in the art-room.