I had drawing in my blood from an early age converting an old draughty garden shed into a studio and spent many a childhood hour there until the cold set in. Studied at the Ipswich School of Art in the 70’s. Graduating in Fine Art & Design.
My greatest inspiration is capturing the shape, form, tone and textures in nature. Plant and flower subjects are all taken from living specimens and drawn using graphite pencil.
Elected full member of the Society of Botanical Artists 2011 and gained The President’s Award for my whole body of work in media other than watercolour plus Certificates of Botanical Merit and Highly Commended Awards over the years. Tutor for their Distant Learning Diploma Course. Elected as a painting member of The Chelsea Physic Garden Florilegium Society 2009, made a Fellow 2013 and editor of their Newsletter.
Given talks on graphite techniques, demonstrations and workshops at The Society of Botanical Artists, The Chelsea Physic Garden Florilegium Society, and other UK Botanical Societies. Silver-Gilt Medallist – RHS London Botanical Art Show 2015 for an exhibit of The Black & White of Colour.
Two pieces accepted into the 13th International Exhibition of Botanical Art & Illustration at The Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation in Pittsburgh, USA, both now held in their permanent collection.
Appears in:- “Botanical Painting with the Society of Botanical Artist”, ‘Botanical Illustration from Chelsea Physic Garden’, “The illustrated College Herbal – Plants from the Pharmacopoea Londinensis of 1618”.