I live in a rural village in Somerset and have always been in love with the countryside, animals and plants. I have drawn and painted since I was old enough to hold a paint brush and so botanical art is the perfect way to embrace my two passions. I strive to convey how I feel about the natural world via the medium of painting – perhaps to draw attention to a particular curve of a petal, or colour of a leaf. I want other people to see the beauty that I do and take something positive from it. I hope my paintings are more than just accurate representations of what I see but also have some of ‘me’ in them.
I work mainly in watercolour at the moment as I find it a more immediate method of creating a painting, but also enjoy using oil paint. Both methods are fairly labour intensive and it can take 100 hours or so just to do one painting.
Although mainly self-taught I studied art at Brighton University and more recently gained a Diploma in Botanical Painting for which I was awarded a Distinction.
I have some works published by King and McGaw, Oberon Arts and Medici. I have exhibited as part of the Brighton festival and regularly with the Society of Botanical Artists’ annual exhibition. I gained a ‘Certificate of Merit’ in 2016 for my Spider chrysanthemum painting, and the Great Art prize in 2018. I have work in collections in the UK, US and Germany. I am currently represented by Advocate Art.