I discovered botanical art over twenty years ago when my children were little and I was looking for a hobby outside the home. I saw a course in botanical illustration advertised at my local adult college and from day one became engrossed in this exacting art. Before long I had joined a florilegium society and started exhibiting with the Royal Horticultural Society. I have now received many awards for my work, including four RHS gold medals.
I love sharing my passion for botanical art through teaching - both weekly classes near my beautiful home city of Bath, workshops further afield and more recently via online classes and talks.
Based on what I teach my students, I have produced resources for aspiring botanical artists, written articles for a number of national art magazines as well as contributing to a number of books.
In 2014, I illustrated sixteen Royal Mail stamps, issued in three sets under the title of 'British Flora'.
2019 - Shortlisted for Sunday Times Watercolour Competition.
2016 - Bates Award for Excellence, ASBA 19th Annual International Exhibition.
2014 - RHS Silvergilt medal for ‘Parrot Tulips on Black’.
2014 - New York Botanical Garden bronze medal,
ASBA ‘Weird, Wild and Wonderful’ exhibition.
2013 - RHS Gold medal for ‘Nature in Waiting’.
2013 - St Cuthberts Mill Award, SBA exhibition.
2012 - RHS Gold medal for ‘Larger than Life - Fading Flowers Observed’.
2011 - Highly Commended for Joyce Cuming Presentation Award, SBA exhibition.
2010 - St Cuthberts Mill Award, SBA exhibition.
2009 - RHS Silvergilt medal for ‘Fading Beauty’.
2008 - RCHS Silver medal for watercolours of leaves.
2008 - RHS Gold medal for ‘Leaves - Celebrating Imperfection’.
2006 - Kirstenbosch Gold medal for South African native plants.
2006 - RHS Gold medal for ‘Leaf Portraits’.
2004 - RHS Silvergilt medal for ‘Fungi’.
2001 - RHS Silvergilt medal for ‘Streptocarpus species'.
Fellow of the Chelsea Physic Garden Florilegium Society.
Bath Society of Botanical Artists.
Society of Botanical Artists.
American Society of Botanical Artists.
Shirley Sherwood Collection, London.
Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, Pittsburgh.
Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Lindley Library, London.
Chelsea Physic Garden Archives, London.
Private collections worldwide.