Watercolour Portrait of Joanna Funk as a child by artist and illustrator Mary Funk Butterworth London


Watercolour portrait is by my cousin Mary Funk

I played the piano as a little girl growing up in London. We moved to Hampshire when I was seven and had to leave our piano behind. When we eventually settled in our new home, the third piece of furniture my mother bought was a piano. I was eleven by then, and realised how much I had missed playing music.

It didn’t occur to me to make a living from music and my early career began in financial markets. After five years I switched to financial news. and stayed in that field for fifteen years.

In 2008 I took voluntary redundancy from ThomsonReuters in London, travelled abroad and started to play piano a lot, again.

I wrote a book and became a pianist in a hotel. I was very happy, and there was just no going back.

I now live in the Scenic Rim, Queensland Australia, and blog about my little life in this beautiful part of the world. My Portfolio is a snapshot of projects past and present, as a writer, pianist and working as a commercial talent.Thank you for visiting my blog.



    1. Joanna

      Yes, Queensland really is the beautiful country. Can’t help but feel lucky being here. Thanks for your good wishes Kim, continue blogging your beautiful photography.

  1. Ruby Yeh

    Dear Joanna, Thank you for sharing your life journey and it’s inspiring to see that it’s never too late to accomplish anything. I’m in my mid 20s. I played piano since I was 7 and got my AMEB grade 8 when I was 15. I love music, but I didn’t pursue it as my career. I have been studying and working in scientific research but recently going through a change and studying postgrad diploma to become a secondary science teacher. Earlier this year an ex-colleague offered for me to teach her 7 years old and 12 years old piano and just like you said, it has been very rewarding watching them improve just over the course of a few months! I am still not confident enough about music pedagogies and whether I am good enough to be accepting more students. It would be good if I could learn from your experiences! Thanks for reading my long introduction!

    1. Joanna

      Hi Ruby, being in your mid-20s you have plenty of opportunities to find your calling πŸ™‚ You may end up doing several things well, or change directions a few times in the course of a lifetime. Sound like you are interested in working with students whether in a science or music capacity. It’s great that you have options.

      It looks like you are based in Brisbane. Perhaps we could meet over coffee one day πŸ™‚

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