Gina has painted since school days but until 1996, when she took Voluntary Redundancy from her employment in Banking, her ‘creative’ side was restricted to leisure time. She went on painting holidays and worked with members of the Darlington Society of Arts (she served as Secretary for the group for 30 years), particularly enjoying their outdoor outings. After leaving the Bank, she had more time to develop her painting skills & tried her hand at miniature painting. The technique of working on a plastic surface using stippled watercolour in layers was completely different to her traditional watercolours on paper using washes and took some time to master. However, her perseverance paid off when she started to win awards, including the Royal Miniature Society’s Gold Bowl in 2005 (a year before she was accepted as a full member of the RMS), and Best Flora & Fauna entry at the World Federation of Fine Art in Miniature in Tasmania in 2008. As a break from miniature painting (which is very time-consuming) she continues to work on larger watercolours.