I welcome you to my galleries, I do hope you like the paintings on offer.
I 'discovered' botanical illustration after I retired from 30 years of charity fundraising and event organisation. As a child I was fascinated by the enormous variety of endemic species of flora in South Africa which created the urge to study, at close quarters, the individual characteristics of each flower. I worked as a volunteer for many years at RHS Garden Wisley, and studied horticulture and garden design.
I was lucky to have three very able botanical illustration teachers, Jan Harbon, Sheila Mannes Abbot and Val Price who taught me all I know about how to draw and paint flowers. The challenge for me is still to try and capture in watercolour, the beauty, uniqueness and that elusive individual character of each flower, as well as to explore the plant's origins and habitat. A very ambitious and steep learning curve, but a totally absorbing and satisfying occupation.
I have exhibited with the prestigious Society of Botanical Artists, held a couple of solo exhibitions and joined in many club exhibitions. One special exhibition was at the RHS Autumn Harvest Show in conjunction with the London branch of Plant Heritage. All the specimens on show came from Buckingham Palace, including the specimens for my paintings. We won a bronze medal.