In May 2014 I exhibited a series of paintings of ‘hydrangea macrophylla in autumn and winter’ at the RHS. I was awarded a gold medal and presented with the ‘best in show’ award. In 2013 a painting was acquired and exhibited by the Hunt Institute of Botanical Documentation in Pittsburgh, USA, after they saw it described in a botanical paper.
These achievements give some indication of my passion for and commitment to my art work. I work really hard to excel and to create vivid paintings which show a plant or flower with integrity and vibrancy. Botanical painting has been a constant for me for over half my life, and has woven itself through various occupations until I knew what I was really meant to do; paint and paint with a passion.
My story is similar to others and yet very different too. At school I studied art, biology, history and latin but it was not until later years that I made sense of these divergent subjects; although I loved each one in its own right. From collecting things on nature walks to the history of the medieval monasteries, I was passionate about these subjects. I didn't realise until adulthood their real significance for me as these disparate experiences came together in natural history art finally making a sense that was very complete and personal. Growing up I developed a keen interest in art and creating things.
I live in East Hertfordshire where we have a large conservation garden with meadow surrounding our 1640s thatched cottage.
I have worked as a botanical and natural history artist since my mid twenties, having studied at the universities of Cambridge, Birmingham and Hertfordshire. I have exhibited in many group and solo exhibitions at home and abroad. In 2011 I was invited by the Royal Caledonian Horticultural Society to exhibit and was delighted to be awarded a gold medal for the body of work. Combined with my RHS gold medal I have now achieved the ultimate accolades for any botanical painter. I am a member of the Society of Botanical Artists and show work each spring at the London Show.
I work to commission on both private and commercial art pieces and you can see further details of my commissions and coaching services at my paint nature site, or via the portfolio pages of this website.
Please contact me on 01763 289 235 for commissions, or email me