Having been inspired by the work of other botanical artists, I embarked upon the SBA Distance Learning Diploma Course. With three teenagers at home and a full-time job, this took a considerable leap of faith. However, as the course progressed, I found that I looked forward to tackling each of the assignments. I started to observe things around me more closely, to think more creatively and to engage in the struggle to master something new. It was enlivening; and gave me the impetus I needed to pick up my paintbrush and give it a go. In 2007, I was awarded the Diploma, with Distinction, and was presented with a separate award for high achievement on Course 2. I joined the SBA in 2008.
As a result of hanging work in the SBA Open Exhibition in 2008, I was approached by The Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation at the Carnegie Mellon University in the USA. Three of my paintings were included in their 13th triennial touring exhibition in 2010 and now form part of their permanent archive. I have continued to exhibit each year at the SBA Annual Open Exhibition.
In 2009 I began working as a Tutor at Knuston Hall, Northamptonshire and have continued to run residential courses there ever since. I also run a regular Saturday morning class at the Ten 2 Gallery, Hinckley. My students, with their undoubted talent, good humour and willingness to take on a challenge, are one of my greatest sources of inspiration.