My love of nature came from time spent as a child wandering through the Lincolnshire countryside. Having taken A Level Art, as well as Sciences, I chose a career in science and studied Zoology at university. There I witnessed the exquisiteness of microscopic animals and plants.
I worked as a research scientist and after having two children, trained as a Primary teacher specialising in science, now retired.
I returned to painting by attending Botanical art classes at The LandMark Art Centre, Teddington, with Marcia Hughes.
Nature is the greatest designer and through intense observation the structures and colours can be appreciated. Having the time now to develop my skills in watercolours, I attempt to capture and share the endless varieties and forms of plant life that can be found everywhere. Stopping to really look brings rich rewards, a sense of beauty and peace.
I work using reference sketches and photographs, Bockingford traditional watercolour paper, Schmincke, Windsor & Newton Professional Watercolours and Daniel Smith Extra fine Watercolours. I prefer working with small brushes; Pro Arte Series 0, 3/0, W&N Series 7 Minature sable sizes 2,3,4. I have set up a studio in my home and usually paint everyday as I find this improves performance. I am interested in the complex and unexpected, both in structure and colour. I want to try and share, to the best of my ability, those fleeting moments of great beauty that are all around us and to do the subject matter justice. I enjoy a challenge.
2017 Botanical Beauty Exhibition at Richmond Riverside
2017 Society of Botanical Artists Open Exhibition
2018 The Richmond Magazine "Glorious Richmond" Art Competition - one of the top ten finalists.
2018 Society of Women Artists Exhibition at The Mall Galleries
2019 Society of Botanical Artists Open Exhibition - Awarded SBA St Cuthberts Mill award for 'Wisteria'