Art and creating things has always been a part of my life. From Art A level at 18 through my working life I kept my love of painting and making books even when l only had small slices of free time. In 1995 I took the plunge and gave up full time work to focus on my art.
After completing a fine art degree at Canterbury Art college I became interested in botanical art on a trip to Kew gardens. My love of the countryside and an eye for the quirky side of plants inspired me to paint subjects from nature that I love.
After submitting my first pictures to the Society of Botanical Artists in 2004 I was delighted to be awarded full membership in 2009. In 2019 I was awarded Associate membership of the Society of Graphic Fine Art.
As an artist and illustrator of subjects from nature I work as much as possible from life. My style has evolved significantly over the last 5 years with my current work focusing on movement and composition within the picture space. I have a passion for the detail I can create using coloured pencils. I am also drawn to experimenting with a variety of materials, not all of which are traditionally used for botanical art. I love to work in coloured pencil and water colour and have developed my own technique combining acrylic ink and coloured pencil.
My other love is creating handmade individual artists books. These beautiful, one off pieces have a nature or Botanical theme and contain original artwork.
I have exhibited in many locations and have sold work both at home and abroad including among others the USA, Europe and China. I was delighted to be awarded the Great Art Award at the 2014 Soc. of Botanical Artists Exhibition and I show my work at their exhibition each spring.
I served on the council of the Society of Botanical Artists from 2014-2021.
I teach Botanical Art, both watercolour and colour pencil at a variety of locations around the country. See my news page for my latest courses. I am also available for workshops and demonstrations to art societies and private groups. I believe in teaching the individual and am a patient, encouraging tutor. I aim to provide plenty of demonstrations and one to one help in a relaxed positive environment. Please contact me using the email found in the contact area of this site.