Since my childhood in Hertfordshire, I have been fascinated by wildlife and wild places.
I was encouraged to be curious about the natural world, and spent my time collecting and drawing every type of animal and plant - my very early ambition was to be a wildlife artist, to write and illustrate books about animals, and my hero was Gerald Durrell.
After taking my degree in Art Education, I taught art to secondary level until 1983, and then began work as a full-time artist, at first painting on silk with dyes, then with more conventional media.
I mainly use acrylic paint or soft pastel, but sometimes work in woodcut, linocut, pencil or mixed media. In the past few years, I have started to experiment with papercut, and I am enjoying this new challenge.
The majority of my work is based on my love of British wildlife, and much of my time is spent in my local countryside near Rugby in Warwickshire, and also in Scotland and Northumberland.
Taking part in various surveys into the distribution of hares and badgers has given me an extra insight into my local countryside, and I find that close observation focuses my mind and gives me fresh ideas for my work.
Quick field sketches, observation and photographs form my reference, and help to add authenticity to my work done in the studio.
As Chairwoman and Events Coordinator for The Wildlife Art Society International (TWASI), I arrange visits for members to venues around Britain, to gather reference for our work by observing, sketching and photographing wildlife.
Winning TWASI's Christopher Parsons Award for artistic excellence in 2007 and 2009 was a great thrill and a boost to confidence, as was winning the St Cuthbert's Mill Award for the Best Work on Paper in 2015, and several Gold & Silver medals.
Finalist in David Shepherd Wildlife Artist of the Year 2022.
As a member of The Society of Feline Artists (SOFA), I find an outlet for my passion for cats of all sizes, both Big Cats and domestic ones - my own cats often act as models for my paintings, and I like to picture their elegance as well as some of their amusing antics.
I exhibit and sell my work at both exhibitions and Game & Country Fairs around the country, locally with Rugby & District Art Society and the Rugby Artists and Makers Network, and take part in Warwickshire Open Studios.
I enjoy meeting and talking to people about how I plan and produce my work, and regularly give talks and demonstrations, and teach adult workshops.
I hope that my pictures convey some of the thrill I get from watching wildlife, and encourage others to support conservation of our natural heritage.
My originals or prints are regularly donated to raise funds for conservation charities such as the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust, People's Trust for Endangered Species, and RSPB.
My work has sold at auction at Sothebys, is in demand from publishers for greetings cards and magazine illustrations, and is found in private collections worldwide.