“I have always loved to draw, concentrating on graphic design at A level. I studied art at Dartford College of education, specialising in pottery and design as part of my teacher training. Since qualifying I have taught locally and in 1992 obtained a post-graduate diploma for Teachers of Pupils with Specific Learning Difficulties, teaching for eight years at the Medway Dyslexia Centre. Following early retirement due to ill health, i have been able to resume my early passion. i have exhibited in local libraries and business premises in the Medway Hospital as part of the Healing Arts Programme and undertaken both private and commercial commissions. i have had exhibtions at the NAC Gallery in Chatham, Ripley Arts Centre Bromley, Stark gallery Canterbury and my work can currently be viewed at Nucleus Arts.” – Marion Smith.