I’m a professional artist, based in Gloucestershire, UK. I trained at Medway College of Design, but the course was mostly working in 3D, so I’d paint at home in my spare time. After graduating college I freelanced for a while and then worked as Education Officer at the Nature in Art Museum for sixteen years. In 2009 I quit the day job to fulfil my lifelong dream of being a professional artist.
Over the years, I’ve painted a wide variety of subjects, but my true passion is for art inspired by the natural world. I especially love the way that wildlife fits into its environment through repeating shapes and colours. I’m also inspired by the humour I see in wildlife. I’ve exhibited in numerous exhibitions, locally and nationally. Some were wildlife themed, such as the National Exhibition Wildlife Art and the Society of Wildlife Artists, some with more general subject matter such as The Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours and the Society of Women Artists.
Lately I’ve been working on illustrations for several books, and was commissioned to write and illustrate The Wildlife Artist’s Handbook, which was published at the end of 2013. It was a steep learning curve, since I hadn’t written a book before, but great fun to do. I’m thrilled with the result, and I’m already working on my next book. My painting career has taken me to Europe, Egypt, and even as far as the Falkland Islands, with each country inspiring a new body of work. My latest venture is leading painting holidays, so I’m looking forward to more travel and helping others to take inspiration from the natural world.