“Whatever I have done has always been with a sense of total commitment and absorption. People who know my work, whether that is painting, consulting, or parenting (perhaps the greatest unmentioned work), reckon that is the case.
“I am eldest of seven children –our dad worked in the mines, then in Consett’s now vanished mighty Steel Works. At school my first love was pure science, somewhat ‘unexpected’ in girls back then, before there was electricity.
“Leaving a love of English and Art on the shelf for years then, I turned to the dark side.
“However, I have always been drawn to care and service of others –‘Love has to be put into action, and that action is service’, as Mother Teresa says.
“So, having little idea about what being a doctor actually entailed but knowing that I wanted to make a difference in the world (and ‘do’ science) I ended up at Leeds Medical School. Following that was part-time training and work as a GP in South Yorkshire and Lincolnshire, whilst our six children were born. I have worked as a part-time GP partner in Sunderland, Tyne and Wear since 1995 to the present.
“In 2002, I returned to art formally by completing an A level, followed by graduation in Fine Art at Sunderland in 2008, with support from my family.”