Welcome to my Arty Profile

I have studied fine art, illustration and creative writing.
Art has always been a form of therapy and a source of joy.
I paint portraits with oils and use a combination of gouache, ink and pencil in my illustrations for children’s books.
My influences are personal development and the love of a good story.
The masters, impressionists, post impressionists and romantic artists have always tugged at my heart.
In my ‘other’ life I teach yoga and that is another source of joy.

I wish you much love on your journey.


  • Joined: July 2008


The Art of Making Art

Making Art – it’s not as easy as it looks / Monica Batiste. / It begins in the art store. I skulk in and choose the perfect canvas. I lay them all out and look at them. Some are square. Some are rectangular. After many minutes one of them speaks to me and I take it to the counter. Maybe this is the one. Maybe this time the painting will be spectacular and what is in my mind will be ex…
Posted 11 months – 2 comments

How I created and published children's book 'Yoga for Little Bears'

‘Where does inspiration come from anyway?’ I asked. / ‘It’s easy’ Shane said. ‘Just put two things together that you like.’ / ‘Okay’ I answered. ‘I like yoga.’ Looking around the food court I added, ‘I like teddies, but how does that become an idea?’ / ‘Well, put them together.’ / ‘Okay. Yoga and teddies. OH I know! I can create a book on teddies doing yoga! What a great idea!’ / ‘See’ he smiled…
Posted about 3 years – Leave a comment

Portrait of my Mamma

In 1945, two months before WW2 ended, my mothers’ home town of Dresden was destroyed. For three days it bombed and burned. My mother and grandmother hid in the underground shelters. When they emerged, their town was no more. / Mum escaped East Germany through an unpatrolled border, and became a dancer. She left Germany in her 20s, and sadly had to leave her young son behind. / She met my father i…
Posted about 4 years – Leave a comment

Background of my painting 'Teresa's doll'

When we were 5 years old, my friend Teresa entered ‘The best doll competition’ at school. Many girls bought in dolls with big hair and beautiful clothes. One doll wore a wedding gown. Teresa felt ashamed of her tiny doll as she entered the parade. / The teachers were fascinated with her dolls exquisite clothes and features. When Teresa was announced as the winner, no one was more sur…
Posted almost 5 years – Leave a comment
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