© Kay Mullen

I started painting at around the age of 8, but it wasn't until I was 27 and my daughter was at school that my paintings got noticed by a local gallery. I had my first solo exhibition at the gallery within 6 months, and it was a great success.

This spurred me into action and I turned professional. I began with gouache and then onto the challenges of water colour, though I am like a kiddie in a sweet shop when at my local art shop. I wanted to try all the different media and supports. I am a self taught artist and I enjoy the challenge of trying something new. At that time I focused on floral and landscape work.

I soon joined the local Epsom and Ewell art group where I exhibited and sold my work. I joined the Society of Women Artist, the Society of Botanical Artists and an associate member of the Royal Society of Miniature painters. Life was just grand during those years. Sadly, though, I caught a bacterial ear infection which had a devastating effect on my life for twenty years painting would provoke the vertiginous symptoms. I felt very cheated.
A few years ago, I came across coloured pencil as a serious art medium, and as someone who adored detail, they were perfect for me. I also started to paint still life using coloured pencil throughout and combing them in mixed media painting due to their versatility being perfect for adding both detailing and texture.

When I was in my mid 40's I set up my own little art school after training at Nescot college in Ewell, Surrey. It soon became popular with local amateur painters and learners. I ran my art school for over twenty years, sadly saying goodbye after a decision to move home and getting ever closer to my retirement age. I have loved my career choice and don't intend giving up painting simply because I have reached "that age".

Local Epsom and Ewell art group; twice winner of the Fred Moyse award.
Society of Women Artists
Society of Botanical Artists, winner of the Joyce Cummings award.
Associate Member of the Royal Society of Miniature Painters.