I was fortunate enough to be one of the last generation of children who were allowed outside to play and so spent many hours with friends exploring the countryside, all the lovely woods, fields, rivers and levels of both Dorset and Somerset, this developed into a passion for drawing nature from life.
Attending art school in London I gained a BA (Hons) in Fine Art where I enjoyed the many lectures by visiting artists, the lively seminars and even working on essays.
Over the past 10 years I have become known as one of Britain’s most popular wildlife artists with my work held in many collections throughout the world.
From an early age I was particularly interested in wildlife and take great pleasure in bringing different animals and birds to life on paper. I mainly work with watercolours, but I do also like working with other mediums: coloured pencils, inks, graphite and charcoal to gain a slightly different approach and representation of what I see. For me there is a challenge in working with a combination of different mediums
My constant search for creating a lively moment in nature in my work, involves long and often muddy walks, sometimes sitting very quietly and waiting to see what might turn up although I also plan some walks to a specific locations. I do use both a 'scope and binoculars to do my observational drawings and take photographs and use my own filming which can help in my final pieces.
I do enjoy working from life as much as possible outside whatever the weather, though I admit to giving up once my fingers are too frozen to work, or I have got too wet in Britain’s very varied climate. Direct observational work gives me a fantastic insight into the wildlife I am inspired to draw and paint.
I do enjoy talking about my experiences and also like discussing how a piece of work came into being and how I came to work towards the final pieces so If you would be interested in visiting my studio and seeing my work, visits are by prior appointment only please contact me via my website or telephone. To arrange a mutual time and date.
I have completed many commissions for a number of very happy clients. A commission takes about 4-6 weeks to finish and I would be happy to produce a very special painting of your favourite choice of British wildlife for you. Please contact me for more details.