There is no real start or finish in nature, its all a process, but since the arrival of the Anthropocene the influence humans have in shaping the process is huge. Plants are the dominant species on the planet being 99.5% of the total mass and we are totally dependant on them for life. But our general perception of them is of inanimate beings.
Over the last 25 years I have become deeply connected with the plant world; while shaping and influencing their lives for my own ends by day in my garden and my studio, I have been at the same time studying the extraordinary secret life of plants.
This has influenced my approach to creating an image, I use different types of perception to not only see the form, but to understand the meaning of the form and to reveal its ‘gesture’. which means having a communion with my subjects and a desire to feel their very life force.
As Goethe writes ‘To approach vital nature requires a different cognitive capacity and cognitive organ from that used to perceive inert nature’
I would go so far as to call myself a vitalist. I connect with the vital force that exists in all living things, an intelligent presence that directs and informs the organism on all levels.
I suggest abstract concepts using nature as metaphor, illustrating the patterns and connections between the cycles and processes in nature and our own, not only physical but also emotional and spiritual. I explore traits and behaviour in plants that are very similar to humans.
Quantum physics tells us there is no objectivity and we are inextricably intertwined with everything that we experience. The material world is not a collection of separate objects, but is a network of relations between the various parts of a unified whole.
As more evidence unfolds about plants ability to connect with each other and with the wider world, I question our relationship with plants and our perception of nature as a whole.
We must come to see that we are not separate from nature but a part of it.
2017 - 10th Julia Margaret Cameron awards for Women photographers : Winner, Nature category
2017 - International Color Awards : Honorable mention in Still Life & Nominee in Abstract categories
2017 – ‘New York Art Week’ group show in Caelum gallery, Chelsea, NYC. Only photographic artist selected.
2016 – Underworld series shown in Retina festival Edinburgh
2015 – Finalist in Association of Photographers Awards –Non-commissioned Environment Series
2015 – Shortlisted - Photovoice Awards, theme of Stories of Reflection
2014 – Best in Category Award, in Association of Photographers Awards –Non-commissioned Single image
2014 – 4 images selected for Association of Photographers online show called Natural
2014 - Shortlisted, ‘Honorary Fellowship Award’ in Nature, Spider Professional International Black and White Awards
2013 – Commended International Garden Photographer of the Year, Beauty of Plants category
2013 – Selected as Pure Arts artist and shown in 1066 gallery in Battle called ‘Gaia’ with 3 other women artists
2013 - Inclusion in Group exhibition at Association of Photographers called Elements
2012 - Finalist, Garden Photographers Association awards, Bountiful Earth category.
2011 - Two images shortlisted in Nature category, Spider Professional International Black and White Awards
2010 - ‘Paradigm Shifts’, solo exhibition in London including live plant material and 3D exhibits.
2010 - Shortlisted, ‘Honorary Fellowship Award’ in Nature, Spider Professional International Black and White Awards
2010 - Finalist, Garden Photographers Association awards, Edible Garden and Plant Portrait categories
2010 - Two images added to the permanent print collection at the Association of Photographers Gallery, London
2009 - ‘Transition’, a solo exhibition at Eleven Spitalfields Gallery as part of Photomonth
2008 - Finalist, Garden Photographers Association Single Image of the Year
2008 - Shortlisted, ‘Honorary Fellowship Award’ in Nature, Spider Professional International Black and White Awards
2008 - Shortlisted, Norfolk Photographer of the Year
2008 - Finalist in GPA International Garden Photographer of the Year.Portfolio series and single. Prints of winning images are available as part of the Art on Demand program at 18 of the world's most prestigious museums and galleries including Tate and MoMA New York
2007 - Finalist, Garden Photographers Association Single Image of the Year
2007 - Award winning image in Association of Photographers Open Show
2006 - Finalist, GPA International Garden Photographer of the Year