Where did you grow up?
I spent most of my childhood on the Isle of Wight – a little island just off the south coast of England. It’s beautiful there, with amazing scenery and coastlines, and full of very creative people. It is a wonderful place to be a child and go exploring.

Carisbrooke Castle (where James I was imprisoned), Osborne House (Queen Victoria’s summer home) and Chessell Pottery were some of my favourite places to visit. And still are! The beaches are so picturesque, and are a great place to walk.

Have you have always been artistic?
Art was the first thing I fell in love with. I was always drawing, painting and sticking things together to make something pretty.

I think this photo shows me when I was about four years old, with my first canvas painting. My mum and I used to get a canvas each every school holiday and sit next to each other whilst we painted them with acrylics.

My mum is a great artist and taught me so much when I was little. I loved every second of creating something new.

What else did you like to do when you were young?
Ballet has been a passion of mine since a young age. I had to stop for several years when I was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome. The struggles I was going through at that time were huge, and it was difficult to just get through the day at school – everything else had to stop because I couldn’t cope.

Eventually things settled and I found a new ballet teacher and I danced as often as I could, performing in shows and competing in dance festivals too.

When did you start playing cello?
I think I must have been about ten years old. I wanted to learn an instrument, but my mum and I didn’t have much money. And cellos were half price for lessons and to hire, as no one wanted to learn them because they are so large! But, I loved it. My mum never complained about my ‘beginner sounds’. I was invited to join the youth orchestra, and started in the beginners, and finished in the youth symphony orchestra. Playing with an ensemble like that is so exciting, but also extremely nerve wracking!
I played in the Steel Pan Band at my secondary school for a few years – I loved it.
 
 
 
 
 
Have you have always been artistic?
Art was the first thing I fell in love with. I was always drawing, painting and sticking things together to make something pretty. I think this photo shows me when I was about four years old, with my first canvas painting. My mum and I used to get a canvas each every school holiday and sit next to each other whilst we painted them with acrylics.
What else did you like to do when you were young?
Ballet has been a passion of mine since a young age. I had to stop for several years when I was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome. The struggles I was going through at that time were huge, and it was difficult to just get through the day at school – everything else had to stop because I couldn’t cope. But eventually things settled and I found a new ballet teacher and I danced as often as I could.
When did you start playing cello?
I think I must have been about ten years old. I wanted to learn an instrument, but my mum and I didn’t have much money. And cellos were half price for lessons and to hire, as no one wanted to learn them, becasue they are so large! I loved it. My mum never complained about my ‘beginner sounds’, and it grew from there.