Monica's early years as a young mother were fully involved and  her only attempt to paint were black cat cards as good luck symbols for her burgeoning family! However she achieved her ambition under the tutelage of John Blockley RI,Moira Huntly  and David Tress, and her work was soon selected by galleries.

Her clients included the OPW, House of Lords Westminster, National Library of Wales and European countries; also from Australia, Canada and the National Eisteddfod of Wales
Monica has had several residencies at Cill Raillaig and her work is in many books and publications eg Artist magazine, Pembrokeshire Artists, Pembrokeshre Life etc.
Monica and her husband Bart had dual British/Irish nationality and moved to Beara in 1999. From her studio on Bere island she spent long periods exploring the wild beauty of mountain lake and river mostly by boat, and her work focussed on the interaction of colour defining a spirit of place within a Celtic landscape.