Lila-Pearl has always loved cats and Mark and I promised to get her a kitten at the end of the Summer holidays. Mark died on the first day of the Summer holidays and I felt I had to keep to our promise. It was such a terribly painful and emotional time and I wasn't sure of the best way to go about getting a cat, having never owned one before. Lila-Pearl had gone back to school and I had just started back at work and so on top of that it all seemed very overwhelming. I was recommended Celia Hammond animal rescue trust so I contacted them. They sent someone around straight away to make sure we were suitable to adopt a cat. By the weekend we had 10 month old Mittens, originally named Xena. Lila-Pearl knew this was the cat she wanted. We changed her name to Mittens but it seemed she still had some Xena Princess Warrior in her. She wouldn't let us near her at first and would bite and scratch. It was clear that Mittens hadn't had a great start in life. Gaining her trust was emotionally tough for all of us, but now Mittens has settled in she is a total softy and we love her very much. I feel we have all helped each other in so many ways...
These are the clothes I chose for Mark to wear for his cremation. He loved these clothes but he thought the boots were too old, however, he always wore them over anything else. They have so much of his character in them. I worked from a photograph I took at the time.
Lila-Pearl and I made a decision to paint a small amount of Mark's ashes into this painting, we did it together...
A cause so very close to my heart 💔...
It's the start of #childrensgriefawarenessweek and we're spreading awareness of bereaved children and young people in the UK
My beautiful Nanna passed away last Sunday, and will be missed so much. Here is a portrait I painted of my Nan in 2011 X
My painting is the editors gallery choice, in the 'The Artist' May 2016.
My painting is dedicated to my beautiful husband who sadly passed away last July.
My darling husband Mark sadly passed away last summer on the 18th July 2015, the pain has been immense, and still is. Both myself and my daughter are missing him terribly. Our world has been shattered.
This is a portrait of my daughter Lila-Pearl with a painting of Mark and his ashes behind her. When Mark passed away I said I would never pick up a paint brush again as the thought of painting seemed so distant to me after such sadness. Almost six months to the day Mark passed I heard the sad news of David Bowie's death. David Bowie has been a huge influence Mark's life and as a result Lila-Pearl is now a fan too. Mark even requested Bowie songs to be played at his funeral. After hearing the news I finally felt the urge to paint again. Bowie's music will continue to live in our hearts forever along with our love for Mark.