I am an animal and wildlife artist who works in a realistic style. I have corporate and private collectors of my original paintings and giclee prints throughout the world.
I developed my love of animals and the countryside as a child. I spent many happy hours watching animals and birds in the wilder parts of Lancashire and Yorkshire. A degree in Zoology from Liverpool University added an understanding of structure and form to the more intimate knowledge of behaviour I gained from many hours of observation.
I research each animal or bird in as much detail as possible before painting or drawing them. I particularly enjoy portraying the detail in the fur and feathers of her subjects. A small stream has been created in my garden which together with two ponds and a small area sown with meadow flowers encourages visits by many species of birds and small mammals.
Each year, I visit North America to enjoy the remote places and seek inspiration from the wild animals she encounters - including wolves, coyotes and grizzly bears in Yellowstone and Black Bears and Moose in Canada. However, I continue to get as much pleasure in the many small animals that I find on my travels as the large impressive ones.
I have written several articles for Leisure Painter magazine on coloured pencil techniques and am the tutor for the London Art College Pet Portrait Diploma course.
I live in Yorkshire with her husband and several rough collies.
The Llewellyn Alexander Gallery Award 2013 for 'Big Red'
The Association of Animal Artists 'Chairman' Award 2015 for 'The Dipper' at the Matin Mere Exhibition
I have been selected for the David Shepherd Wildlife Artist of the Year at The Mall Galleries, London and the prestigious National Exhibition of Wildlife Art in the UK.
My drawings of cats can be seen each year at the Annual Exhibition of the Society of Feline Artists at The Llewellyn Alexander Gallery. She has also exhibited at several smaller galleries in the UK and USA including:-
· The Pickering Gallery, Pickering, Yorkshire
· The Cat Gallery, York, Yorkshire
· Picturesque Gallery, Silsden, Yorkshire
· Stockbridge Gallery, Hampshire
I have articles in the following issues of Leisure Painter Magazine:-
October 2013 - Introduction to coloured pencil techniques
November 2013 - Coloured Pencil Techniques, Brown Hare
January 2014 - Coloured Pencil Techniques, Metal
May 2014 - Coloured Pencil Techniques, weathered stump
August 14 - Coloured Pencil Techniques, Water
November - Coloured Pencil Techniques, Peacock Feather
January 2015 - Coloured Pencil Techniques, Red Deer Stag
I have several tips included in the following book by Katherine Tyrrell's on sketching and drawing. Three editions have been released
UK 'Sketching 365'
USA 'Drawing 365'
Asia '365 Hints and Tips for Drawing and Sketching'