On leaving school I trained at the Royal Academy of Dancing to become a ballet teacher. I then taught at Elmhurst Ballet School and eventually established my own school.
I had always loved painting, doing art A level and later painting for my own pleasure, inevitably being drawn to the natural world. In 2009 I enrolled on the Botanical Painting course with Hellen Allen at the Chelsea Physic Garden, graduating with distinction in 2011.
I am now settled in Salisbury as a Botanical Artist and teacher.
I find my inspiration in English flora, painting what is around me through the seasons. My work has become more complex and I particularly love to paint and draw trees and their annual cycle. Lockdown gave me the chance to keep a sketchbook diary of many of the wildflowers around my home.
In 2016 I established the Salisbury Florilegium and published a book ‘Secret Gardens of the Close’ to celebrate and raise funds for Salisbury Cathedral in its 800th anniversary year.
Since 2013 I have been awarded 3 RHS silver-gilt medals, 2 Certificates of Botanical Merit and a Commendation for composition from the SBA.
I belong to the SBA, the ASBA, the SWSBA, ABBA and Amicus Botanicus.
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