I was born in Barry, Glamorgan South Wales. I attended Reading University from 1968 - 1972 and Goldsmiths College in London from 1972 - 1973 where I qualified as an Art Teacher in Secondary Education. I taught in secondary schools in Bristol and London between 1974 and 1980. I moved to Gloucestershire in 1980 and began to paint seriously and teach part time.
My main inspiration is the Natural World. I began by studying single plants and flower heads in detail and traced their change and evolution through the seasonal year. I used the information I had gathered and painted two large paintings one of a Cycle of Flowers and the other showing the seasonal elements of Trees. The Cycle of Flowers is on loan to Nature in Art, Twigworth, Gloucester.
At the moment I am painting less botanically, I am painting plants where they naturally grow whether in gardens or wild spaces.
I have drawn inspiration from friends gardens and the garden at my daughter's school.
I love the contrast of colour, texture and form found in garden borders. I have also been inspired by the garden borders at Great Dixter designed by the late Christopher Lloyd. It is the colour combinations their energy, scale and beauty that I have tried to capture and emulate.
As well as painting gardens with their controlled and organised beauty, I have been studying and painting a local field. This field was left fallow for a few years so it took on a wild and chaotic quality which I found interesting. It went through many colour and textural changes between April and September and also during the different years. Green and purple in May and in August yellow and white. The grasses were then bleached by the sun and blown into shapes by the wind.
I work from studies I have made in situ, from specimens I have collected or from photographs I have taken. I build up my work and finish the painting in my workshop at home.
I like to work large - I would like looking at my work to be an experience rather than looking at a little pretty picture!