I am a professional wildlife artist. I work mostly in pastels but I also produce handmade prints and a range of silver jewellery, some with semi precious stones, that are inspired by nature.
I was born on the border of West Sussex and Hampshire and whilst I have lived in several different counties over the years, I have been living in the West Sussex countryside for the last 20 years, enjoying the South Downs and the south coast with it’s constant source of inspiration for wildlife paintings.
Although I have always drawn and painted, it wasn’t until my late twenties that I was able to resume full time education studying art. I went to Suffolk College of Art in Ipswich for 2 years, followed by 2 years on an Illustration HND at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge. After a year as a freelance illustrator, I returned to Anglia Ruskin to complete my degree, specialising in printmaking and illustration.
I worked for some years as a freelance illustrator on various publications and produced limited edition aquatint etchings which I sold through galleries here and abroad. Over time however, my love of the natural world began to take over. I learnt how to use pastels and found them to be the best medium for me to depict fur and feathers. Inevitably this led to many animal portrait commissions, which I still do, alongside my wildlife work.
A safari trip to Kenya in 1992 gave me an abiding interest in African wildlife, particularly the elephants at that time which featured in my degree dissertation. Subsequent safaris to South Africa provided further reference material for me. Sadly I’ve not yet seen tigers in the wild so in the meantime I have visited many wildlife sanctuaries in the UK for reference and to allow me to observe and sketch them.
I have taught workshops in drypoint printmaking and wildlife pastels and have often done demos at art events. My main interest these days is in local wildlife and alongside my more realistic style I have been experimenting with some more whimsical pieces, often featuring local landmarks. I am a bit obsessed with painting hares at the moment and they have also been featured in my jewellery and in a recent large sculpture project.
I enjoy doing anything creative so am often found trying some new medium, from sculpture to felting to fused glass. It’s a joy to keep learning new processes and to keep experimenting. I am fortunate to have a large garden that is visited by so much wildlife, from deer to tawny owls, so there is a constant source of inspiration right outside my window, and with the beautiful South Downs in my area.
I exhibit regularly throughout the summer at art events and also accept commissions.
Contemplation – Pastel
Size: – Framed 19 x 27in
First steps – Pastel
Size: Framed 20 x 24 in
Reverie – Pastel
Size: Framed 19 x 27in
Hot Dog – Pastel
Size: – Framed 27 x 19in
Spirit of the Hare – Bronze resin sculpture on eucalyptus wood base.
Size: 30in high