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Joanne Panayi

Joanne Panayi

I was born in 1970 in the market town of Newcastle under Lyme, close to Stoke on Trent. Pencil and paper, and felt tip pens were my first love, I spent much of my childhood scribbling away on cat drawings, or designing Cinderella’s next stunning dress. I was inspired greatly by the work of L.S Lowry and Beryl Cook, and my local art shop in Newcastle was indeed a magical place to visit. Music was my other passion, and the 70’s music of Gilbert & Sullivan as well as Abba and many others were my favourites at this time, and I would sing into anything that resembled a microphone, praying that one day I would have a bottom as glorious as Agnetha’s!
Life unfortunately took a tragic twist upon the death of my mother, and after finishing school and trying out many different jobs from McDonalds to pub work, I took up sign writing, and escaped with my brushes in 1994 to live in sunny Cyprus. Working as a freelance artist, my job took on many different aspects from traditional signs, to l Read More

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