Gail Armstrong

I spent most of my senior school years working on building a portfolio to use to secure a place at art college, however, while at home waiting for my exam results to arrive I saw an advert in the paper that said "Join the Navy and See the World". To this day I don't know why, but within days I had visited the careers office and returned home with the form for my parents permission to join up. To say it was a shock is an understatement. Not just to them but my art teacher too.

A few months later I was travelling to HMS Dauntless for basic training and a nine year career as an Air Engineering Mechanic/ Education Training Support Wren. Those years were the best days of my life and definitely made me the person I am today.

When I left in 1989, I had a husband and a house, and went into Cosmetic Retail Management and Training, and then a few years back in the hangar at Newcastle Airport after moving up to my husband's home town in Northumberland.

In 2000 I stumbled into a fifteen year career in education and training, as a college lecturer and apprenticeship trainer until 2015 when I began to realise that there was more to life than a stressful job chasing ever moving targets and became self employed. Initially as a life coach, delivering workshops in creative journaling. 

I now had time to go to art classes where I realised that I could still draw and paint a bit. I also bought an iPadPro and Apple Pencil, started a blog and illustrated them myself trying out digital art. Suddenly people started to ask me to draw things for them, and soon I had given up doing workshops to concentrate on artwork, selling prints and cards.

Three years later, I am now doing business and private commissions while writing a novel based on my experience in the WRNS. I want to do more writing in the future and complete the final part of living the dream by writing and illustrating my own book.


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