My interest in botanical illustration has been with me for years but I really focused on it following careers as a PA, a potter and a teacher of modern languages. I trained with the University of Aberystwyth under the excellent tutelage of Moya Davern who encouraged me to apply to the Royal Horticultural Society www.rhs.org.uk In 2011 my work was accepted for exhibition at the RHS shows and I exhibited at the Malvern Spring Fair in 2012 and at the Lindley Hall in London in 2013, winning Silver Medals on both occasions. In the RHS Shades of Autumn Show I won a Gold medal for my series of paintings of Siberian Iris (see gallery page).
I paint according to the seasons – I am guided by what I find in my garden, in the nearby fields and hedgerows and in our local greengrocer. I work almost exclusively in watercolour and I paint directly from the real thing, never from photographs. My aim is to not only make an accurate representation of the subject matter, but also to capture the very essence of each plant or flower, copying the natural cadences of their growth patterns, their beauty and their blemishes. Living as we do in rural Herefordshire, on its border with Wales, there is no shortage of plantlife to paint, even in deepest midwinter. I am fortunate to be close to some wonderful gardens, such as Bryan’s Ground www.bryansground.co.uk , Hergest Croft www.hergest.co.uk and Aldon Farm http://www.auldenfarm.co.uk who kindly allow me visit to collect samples and paint specimens.
My work has been three times on the cover of Hortus magazine; www.hortus.co.uk , the quarterly gardening publication and I have feature in Country Living. I have taken part in h.Art and exhibited at the RHS Autumn Show in Lindley Hall, London as well as displaying my work in Presteigne, The Bishop’s Palace Hereford, Discoed and Malvern. This year, 2017, artists living in and around Presteigne will be opening their studios to the public on 26th – 28th August 11am – 5pm and I will be taking part in this so please do drop in and see me at work.
For those of you haven’t yet visited this part of the world, Presteigne is a delightful small town in Radnorshire, right on the borders of Wales and England on Offa’s Dyke Footpath, 25 miles due north of Hereford. As well as being situated in stunning countryside that has not changed much for centuries, it has a thriving arts and music scene, with festivals and events throughout the year. For more details of the town, where to stay and what is going on, visit:- www.presteigne.org.uk