So how did it all start? In her mid-30's she discovered she had a nasty 9.5cm malignant tumour in her right breast which required a medical trilogy of ‘slash, poison & burn’ (mastectomy, chemo & radiotherapy). Her prognosis was grim: a 35% chance of survival at best.
She realised this could be it and there was no time to waste! Her bucket list needed immediate revision! After a career in teaching, marketing, advertising, PR and communications, Ali wanted for more freedom and creativity in her world. She learnt how to paint from lots of different teachers and courses: unlocking a dormant creative side that was itching to come out. The more she learnt, the more she realised that 'anyone' can paint – it’s not an innate skill belonging to a gifted few. She believes painting also helped her heal emotionally from the shock of a cancer diagnosis and out-surviving her prognosis.
Ali's inspiration comes from everywhere. Ideas find her when her mind is still. Random things catch her eye and capture her heart. She is constantly drawn to painting variations of the same themes - faces, landscapes, animals, fruit and flowers. Each theme has it's own beauty and fragility as the images in her her mind transform into a visual story on canvas.
No day is ever the same andneither is Ali's painting style! She enjoys experimenting with abstract, contemporary and traditional painting styles; sometimes combining all three. Her distinct paintings and versatile style often feature bold, vibrant colours, mixed media and texture.
She feels privileged to be an Art Coach & an Art Therapist; facilitating the unknown creative talent of her clients and enjoys seeing them feel happy about their art achievements.
She attributes gratitude, great clients, time spent mindfully in the art-zone and laughter as important factors for out-surviving her breast cancer diagnosis.