Growing up and living much of my life in Norfolk (UK), I’ve always loved the countryside, coast and farms. I have so many happy experiences of discovering wildlife in Norfolk and during the time I spent living in the USA, that the natural World has become my favourite subject – birds, mammals, game, plants, flowers and farm animals.
Working in plant research at the John Innes Centre in Norwich (UK), I was inspired by their special collection of old botanical illustrations. As a result, I became involved in freelance illustrating (scientific, botanical and medical) while working at John Innes, University of Missouri-Columbia (USA) and later Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge (UK).
Moving back to Norfolk with my husband and two small children, I spent 9 years heavily involved in numerous primary school art and literature projects, all the while progressively devoting more time to becoming a versatile artist by illustrating and painting my favourite subjects.
I love to accentuate the unique character and often overlooked details of each individual, sometimes in imaginative and unexpected settings and always trying to highlight their personality and beauty. I’ve learnt the best techniques to convey this using my preferred medium of watercolour and sometimes oils or mixed media. This approach has led to my success as a permanent exhibitor at The Gallery, Picturecraft in Holt, Norfolk (UK) where you can view an ever-changing selection of my work throughout the year.
I was awarded full membership of the Institute of East Anglian Artists (IEA) in November 2014 and sit as a Council Member.
At their inaugural open exhibition in 2013, I was delighted to be awarded the Michael and Teresa Hill prize for ‘Best in Show’, going on to receive the Ruth Hill memorial prize the following year.