I have been painting for over twenty years and my first exhibition caught the eye of a renowned publishing house which set me off on a successful illustrating career. To date I have had more than a hundred pieces of artwork published as greeting cards, calendars and stationary and have worked with many publishers including the Medici Society, Gibson Greetings and Nigel Quiney.
I have had three major one woman exhibitions; Norwich Cathedral, The Gallery Wymondham and The Assembly House Norwich. I have also had work selected for The National Exhibition Wildlife Art in Liverpool, Art in Nature Museum Gloucestershire, Laing and Patching.
These days, you will find me painting at the bottom of the garden in my log cabin studio in the heart of Norfolk surrounded by agriculture and huge dramatic skies. My studio is full of art books, pots, tea cups and vases, jars of dead beetles, butterflies and bees (all found already deceased) many paintings finished or half completed and lots of reference photos, sketches and inspirational quotes and prints. There is always a vase of flowers on my painting table and a mug of tea. Paint tubes (sennelier is my favourite at the moment), paper, magnifiers and my I-pad tablet are always close at hand, I can get lost in a painting for hours, completely engrossed in the excitement of creating a new painting.
I paint botanical and wildlife in watercolours building up layers and layers of rich colour and detail; I often leave the background white so as not to detract from the image. I have recently started plein air painting in the countryside using either watercolour or pastels and have some larger oil paintings on the easel. I am fascinated by colour and light in the landscape and have a passion for painting wildlife in their native habitat.
2005 - 2007 Diploma in botanical illustration from the society of Botanical Artists, graduated with distinction.
2020 Won £10,000 First Prize. Portraits from the Precipice run by Octopus Energy.
2015 Won the Iceni Botanical Artists Nurseryman's Award presented by Adrian Bloom for " Roadside Verge"
2015 Won SAA Artist of the Year - Best Professional within Flowers or Gardens for 'Rosa Eglantine '
2000 Won first prize in the Lady Magazine's Watercolour Competition with Elsing Hall I
1999 SAA Artist of the Year
Highly Commended for 'Diane's Ballet Shoes'
14/08/2018 - 09/09/2018 Iceni Botanical Artist Exhibition, The Apex, Bury St.Edmunds IP33 3FD