I have always loved observing nature; beautiful landscapes, interesting plants or exquisite and delicate flowers and for as long as I can remember have been inspired to draw and paint them. For me, using the subtle medium of watercolour helps capture their wonder, beauty and joy. Where possible, I try to work from life rather than photographs for a more genuine and spontaneous response.
I studied textile design at Manchester Metropolitan University and have been a freelance painter and illustrator ever since (although usually part time while juggling it around my family). I feel very lucky to have had marvellous tutors who fostered my inherent appreciation of the natural world and inspired me to develop my drawing skills with a love of colour and sense of design.
Over the years, I have taken up several part time lecturer posts at UCE, MMU and Solihull college of Technology on the Art Foundation and Undergraduate courses and GCSE Art at The Maharishi Free School in Lancashire.
I have worked for Gallery Five and David Davies Associates, LSA International, John Lewis Partnership, Worldwide Fund for Nature, Save the Children Fund, Padblocks Ltd and Dunoon Ceramics. Art Angels Publishing, The Art Group, Dry Red Press, Gallison, Ikea, Ling Design, Pomegranate, Really Giant Posters and Woodmansterne have published my work as Advent calendars, cards, giftwrap, puzzles, books and posters.
My watercolour paintings have been exhibited in galleries in the UK and abroad and acquired by private individuals and corporations. Some have been selected by The Royal Watercolour Society, The Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour and The Sunday Times Watercolour Open Exhibition.
Commissions include work for Sir Richard and Lady Branson, Birmingham City Museum and Art Gallery, The Birmingham Repertory Theatre and 3i Business Centre in Solihull.
I work from my home studio in Lancashire and am very happy to take commissions. Yellow House Art Licensing currently act as my agent for artwork.