Before becoming an artist, I spent over 20 years as a public servant – a very colourless existence. This self portrait reflects the ways in which I began to change since leaving my ‘black and white’ job and studying full-time as an artist. Ever so slowly, colour has tentatively seeped into my world and into my very being. An ingrained seriousness, and a level of weariness are still evident in this drawing, but exciting colours are working their way from the outside in, promising more positive changes as my art practice grows.


Charcoal pencil, fineliner pen on pastel paper