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.
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.
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 am currently serving on the council of the SBA.
I teach Botanical Art at the Tunbridge Wells and Tonbridge Adult Education Centres. I also run workshops and give private lessons in the local area. Please contact me using the email found in the contact area of this site.