Following a degree in woven & printed textiles, I worked as a textile designer for 36 years for Thomas Mason UK & Cotonificio Albini, Italy. I collaborated with high-end designers and fashion brands in the UK and worldwide and my fabrics have often been worn by royalty and VIPs. Now that I’m mostly concentrating on watercolour painting, I hope this great love of colour and style will continue to influence my ongoing art.
I’m particularly drawn to painting herbaceous perennials and shrubs, which I have grown myself in my cottage garden in Buckinghamshire. I’m especially interested in depicting the changing seasons and reproductive stages of the plants, often including seed heads.
My painting of Liriodendron tulipifera ( Tulip tree ) also featuring Xanthoria Sp.was chosen for the permanent Florilegium of the Royal Botanical Garden in Edinburgh and was exhibited from Oct-Dec 2020 at Inverleith House. In 2021 I was accepted to the “approved artist list” of the Royal Horticultural Society and I’m working towards eventually exhibiting. Together with being elected a Fellow of the Society of Botanical Artists, which is obviously a great honour, there are some really interesting pathways and challenges ahead!