5 Things You might not know about Me

I could draw horses before I could draw people.

I grew up obsessed with all animals, real, fictional and prehistoric. Family and friends tease me about being a bit of an Elmyra. Thank providence for stray cats or I might never have owned one.

Sam Cat -then and now

I’ll always be a goth at heart.

I’ve never been able to commit to wearing black full-time, but the sensibility is there. Poe, Oscar Wilde, and Gaiman’s Sandman were gothic icons of my youth. Nirvana, Nine Inch Nails, Marilyn Manson and Smashing pumpkins were a staple of my teenage playlist. I’m only happy when it rains… check out my teenage sketch book!

My Gothic Teenage sketchbook

I play the guitar, yes I do.

Not very often or with fantastic skill. But that doesn’t matter. I play for my own amusement. And this year I finally bought my teenage self the gift of the eclectic guitar I always wanted.

My guitar & shelfie

My hair is a window to my soul.

I’ve been cutting and dying it myself since my mid teens. It’s been every length from long to pixie and tinted white blonde to black via every shade in-between. At uni my tutors knew who my heroes were by my haircut. My default is often a bob, it’s a very versatile length. This year I’m going ‘natural’ and growing it out.

Hair ch-ch-changes 2010-2014

I love my Camera.

I paid for it with blood, sweat and tears and I wonder how I ever got by without it. Photography was my inroad back to creative practice after a crisis, and it taught be how to look again. Taking pictures is an underrated skill. Photography taught me about light, colour and composition more than anything I learned at college. Photography constantly inspires me and often forms an integral part of my digital art.

reflected in a car paint job- my camera and me

I was inspired in part to write this post by my friend Chiaki , who wrote about some things you might not know about her over on beautiful blog here.

So what 5 Things don’t we know about you?
If you’re inspired to write your own blog post add your link in the comments below!



  1. Oh I loved reading this post! And I love that you quoted my favourite Garbage song. 🙂 I didn’t know that you play the guitar! xx


    1. I have many tricks up my sleeve Chiaki! Glad you didn’t know everything on the list yet 😉


  2. Rebecca · · Reply

    I loved reading this, what a fun post idea! I might need to play along!


    1. You should definitely do one Rebecca! Chiaki had 10 things, but 5 was plenty for me!


  3. Lovely post. Dyeing and cutting one’s hair is definitely one of the most fun ways of self-expression! I like the way you did the photos too.


    1. Aw thanks Jamila! I’m such a hair fiend… I never can leave it alone for long 😉

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      1. Absolutely >.< I can relate to that. People I know are always remarking that each time they see me, I've changed my hair. I look forward to reading more of your posts.


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