Following a long and successful career in Teaching, I retired early due to a number of chronic health conditions. This has been an interesting time, taking my life in other directions to the one I had planned but has been positive in many ways. I often use my health experiences and my Psychology background as an inspiration in my art, and also in Involvement with health research. I work largely in mixed media, especially using pastels, inks, printing, watercolour and acrylics. My colourful and imaginative work is often pattern-based, using sgraffito and other forms of mark marking. I am inspired by artists such as Andy Goldsworthy with patterns in nature and Antony Gormley’s use of his own body. I am also interested in artists with mental health conditions, including Andy Warhol, Pablo Picasso, Vincent Van Gogh and Jackson Pollock. I am fascinated with how our bodies work – and how sometimes they go wrong. My work is based on many different things including my mind, my body, my health and my experiences with healthcare professionals. It can reflect the darkness and turmoil that this can bring, as well as the brightness of my life at times when things are more stable. I would like my art to inspire people in similar situations, as well as enlightening others and helping to remove the taboos that are often associated with ill health.