I was surprised and delighted to discover I had won the Barbara Tate award at the Society of Women Artists exhibition this year at the Mall Galleries, London. I entered two from the "Legacy" series and both had sold right at the start of the exhibition. I was very nervous about meeting Princess Michael of Kent but she was very kind and "ordinary". Thanks to all the organisers and artists who helped me yesterday. It was a great experience and I feel really honoured to have been given this award from this long standing institution of which Dame Laura Knight was once President. Here's to women painters! Now, back to work!!