As a bank clerk of some 22 years I had no artistic background other than a love of painting as a child, but at the age of 40 (life begins at!) I decided to undertake ‘A’ level art at my local college to see if my enjoyment of art was backed up by any shred of ability. This proved to be a success, leading to other courses and eventually to an introduction into botanical art by a friend who recognised, long before I did, that my style increasingly reflected a love of detail.
My work combines keen observation of the fine characteristics present in nature with an abiding wish to gain further knowledge about the beautiful and complex world of botany. Once I began studying nature in detail I could never view plants in a dismissive way again, even the most simple of structures are a triumph of engineering.
Watercolour and graphite are the mediums I favour for they are versatile enough to capture everything from a delicate windflower to a sold tree branch with equal sensitivity.