Day 2 • W H E R E •
I currently live in Leicester although I’m a born and bred Londoner and London will always have my heart ❤
I came to uni in Leicester in 1999 and have since moved back to London, lived in Berlin for 3 years, and returned to Leicester in 2012 with the intention of staying a month. 6 yrs later I’m still here! Over time I have grown more and more fond of the city and have made it my mission to discover all the hidden gems and all that is wonderful about it. This photo was taken in the cactus house in the Botanical Gardens – one of my absolute favourite places! A real life secret garden, perfect for peaceful walks with my camera and connecting with nature.
Day 3 • H O W • Y O U • S T A R T E D •
As a child I loved to draw and so as a teenager, GCSE Art was a no-brainer. Unfortunately my art teacher was a Cruella de Vil type. All the kids in the school had been taught to paint in an identical style but because I joined the school late, I painted differently. This led to bullying (from the teacher!) and ranking me publicly as the worst in the class. Needless to say I dropped Art asap and concentrated on other more ‘serious’ subjects. Art was no longer an option for me, and as I desperately wanted to become a child psychologist, an academic vocational degree was the route I took.
Cut to a few years later and not utilising my Psychology degree I was living in Berlin. I needed to find something else to support myself, in addition to childcare and cleaning, and face painting popped into my head! It kind of snowballed over the next few years and I built a successful face painting business as @livilollipopfairy. 7+ years of children’s birthday parties every weekend, however, made me want to explore different avenues and I eventually grew the courage to start painting on canvasses. Over the last 2-3 yrs I have continued to paint canvasses, vinyl records, sheet music and more, trying to develop my style and my brand. It still feels like early days but I keep persevering.