I am a Gemini with Scorpio rising, which means I share my ascendant with Ghandi, Thatcher and Churchhill. What these people seem to have in common is charisma and what I call "being focussed". Growing up in Japan, with a Seychellois mother who was raised in India, I was bred on tales of magic and mysticism. These stories fuelled my already overactive imagination and made it easy for me to believe the outrageous. It's the more mundane things in life I mistrust.

From my father, I learnt to "dream big". He left Switzerland for India to follow a dream and found many pots of gold on his life journey. I am still following rainbows with some success. Amongst the pots of gold I have found are my two spirited children, many well-meaning people, plenty of laughs and divine colours, smells, sounds and tastes.

I have no artistic background whatsoever. What I do have, though, is oodles of creativity and a carpe diem attitude to life.I've earned my living doing various things from baking bread for my daily bread, owning my own translation agency, freelance writing, publishing a women's print and online magazine as well as being an office drudge.

To me, life, art and spirituality are intertwined. My spirituality has a definite influence on my art and my art feeds my spirit. I think that this is true generally; the very act of expressing ourselves through art connects us to the more right brain oriented side of our being, and it is our right brain that is connected to our feelings, intuition and heart.

I lived in Switzerland, but have been pursuing the artful life in the Seychelles for the last couple of years. My dream is to run a spiritual retreat centre. Another dream is to find someone to share this with. In the meantime, I’ll be getting on with that proverbial single step on my journey of hopefully less than a thousand miles.

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