After studying English literature at Edinburgh University I moved to Suffolk, where my parents had just bought Benton End, the former home of the artist and plantsman Sir Cedric Morris. In that magical place my love of gardens and plants began, but it wasn’t until a few years later, while working at the Royal Copenhagen factory in Denmark that I decided I would like to learn how to paint with watercolours. Of course I began by trying to paint a leaf…
Eventually all these threads would come together when I enrolled in the DLDC. The Course leader, Margaret Stevens was enthusiastic about my sketchbook work and with her help and collaboration ‘Botanical Sketchbook’ was published in 2010.
I work mainly in watercolour. I love graphite but I’m passionate about colour. I’m a gardener and fortunately now live in a house in Italy surrounded by beautiful countryside. All this provides inspiration, at times almost too much, as I find myself overcome with the amount of things I would like to get onto paper. I have also been teaching botanical art for the last ten years.
I have taken part in exhibitions with the SBA in London and with the ASBA in New York. My work has been shown in Italy in various exhibitions, including individual shows in Novara and Lucca. My work is in the collection of the Hunt Institute and in private collections.