Trudy is teacher trained - attaining her degree at Brighton College of Art.

She taught up to 'A' level GCE in secondary and technical high school before teaching adults.

For twelve years she and her husband, Michael Pibworth, ran residential art holiday courses in Devon at Smithy Art Studio before moving to Tintern, Chepstow, Monmouthshire in September 2001 where Trudy offers private tuition, correspondence courses and a Spring and Autumn course at a Best Western Hotel in Tintern.