A little sneak preview before tomorrow's hanging . They are all 'snug as bugs' in their bubblewrap now .....and Im sitting here thinking of all the people and events that lead me to this moment - the night before my first solo exhibition. Im thinking of my Grandad who loved to draw and patiently sat with me up to our ankles in sawdust in his beloved shed and my Gran who showed me that love is ultimately unconditonal. My mum who did her best despite all the barbed wire around her heart. My beautiful soul-sister B, who unknowingly took up my gran's mantle, and fascinatingly now owns and wears my Gran's hat. My children who have taught me lessons of the heart. Certain members of Cow Lane Studios who inspired me with their work and their lives. Sherlock whose wit and heart saw me through many dark days and has always believed in me and 'watched my back' with Italian vigilance....Ellen who has unlocked doors with her buddhist beauty and ALL the P%*^"&*** girls whose lives they share with me. All the Artists that have gone before and the Artist's I walk alongside now at Bury Collective. And John the most honourable man I have ever met. There are so many people who have crossed my path and left nuggets of pure gold. Tonight I feel rich because of them.