I was very lucky to grow up in Dorset and later went away to a lovely school in Somerset where I was surrounded by the beautiful levels with it's fantastic wildlife. During my childhood I was fortunate enough to be one of the last generation of children who were allowed outside to play and so spent many hours with cousins and friends enjoying the countryside and all it offered, this developed into a passion for drawing what I see, for me the reality of fact.
I went to Bournemouth and Poole College of Art to do my Foundation Year and later to Art School in London where I gained a BA (Hons) in Fine Art.. Over the past 10 years I have become known as one of Britain’s most popular wildlife artists with my work held in many collections both in the UK and throughout the world.
From an early age I was interested in Brtish wildlife and take great pleasure in bringing different animals and birds to life on paper. I mainly work with watercolours, but I do also like working with other mediums: coloured pencils, inks, graphite and charcoal to gain a slightly different approach and representation of what I see. For me there is a challenge of working with a combination of different mediums
My constant search for capturing the perfect immediate moment in nature in my work, involves long and often muddy walks, sitting very quietly and then patiently waiting.
I use both a 'scope and binoculars to do my observational drawings. I do take photographs and use my own filming which can help in my final pieces.
I work from life as much as possible outside whatever the weather, though I admit to giving up once my fingers are too frozen to work, or I have got too wet in Britain’s very varied climate. Direct observational work gives me a fantastic insight into the wildlife I am inspired to draw and paint.
I hope you will enjoy my work too.