After leaving art school in the early 1950's I was all set to pursue a career illustrating children's books. At the School of Science and Art  in Somerset we had the opportunity to enroll in many subjects such as life-drawing, printing, creative embroidery, watercolours, still-life etc. This sidetracked me into wanting to try my hand at everything and  resulted in me not concentrating enough on book illustration so that when I arrived in London, I had no portfolio of any merit.  Eventually I found work as a fashion artist, and enjoyed a very successful career. Working in advertising studios brought me in touch with the big agencies and publishers and later when I went free-lance worked on magazines and pattern catalogues. Packaging design for Marks and Spencer's, P.R. for many of the large fashion houses and teaching in colleges kept me in work for many years.