With a trained background in Architecture and Graphic Design, a career in teaching and a Masters Degree along the way, I have always painted and now use these technical disciplines to influence my work as a botanical artist. My watercolour pieces have a contemporary feel, with strong colours, highly accurate detail and vibrant compositions, reflecting my love of design, and anything with an eclectic, quirky and fun appeal. In 2011 I left full time teaching and pursued my interest in botanical illustration gaining the Society of Botanical Artists (SBA) Diploma in Botanical Painting with Distinction in 2013. In 2014, I gained Associate Membership of the SBA with my first submission to their Annual Exhibition and also became a Full Member of the Society of Floral Painters.
Botanical illustration with its emphasis on accuracy and detail appeals to my technical skills and interest in structural forms, but also allows me the freedom of expression in the colours and composition of the natural subjects I now choose to paint. Working mainly in watercolour, subjects can range from humble vegetables with imperfect leaves, to the elegant iris and exuberant lily with their sensual, rich colours and striking forms, using many layers of translucent colour to capture their beauty and realism.
Since 2013, I have had the opportunity to exhibit my work in exhibitions in London, Ireland and Hampshire, and have a number of pieces in private collections. Current projects include the completion of a series of works for the Royal Horticultural Society annual botanical art exhibition, having being accepted by their picture committee in 2014. Teaching is still an important part of what I do, and it is always a great pleasure to share my enthusiasm for botanical art and help others enjoy their painting. Currently, I teach popular one-day workshops, and hold Studio Days for smaller groups in Hampshire. I also publish the successful blog Sketchbook Squirrel and will be introducing online botanical tutorials on my website in 2015.
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