At age 18 I was fortunate to receive a scholarship to study for one year of excellent arts training at The Principia College in Illinois, USA.  I received a good grounding in traditional painting techniques, oil and watercolour, as well as life drawing (including anatomy) and colour theory.  I still use this knowledge and these skills today.

I then studied in England and the Republic of Ireland and obtained a BA Honours Degree in Fine Art: the course included Art History, Theory, and concept.  I subsequently exhibited in a variety of media.

I enjoyed returning again to mainstream education in 2000, and achieved a Master of Arts from London Guildhall University in 2001.

In my career I have been used my artistic ability in various disciplines.  I have done graphic design and illustration for my employers in the charitable sector, and in horticulture.  I worked in the arts sector in Bristol, and Bath, in the UK (The Arnolfini Gallery, and Contemporary Art at the International Bath Music Festival).

During this time I was proud to be making contemporary sculpture:

I did some casting and carving, but most of my work was modelled, firstly in wood and wire, and then covered with thick felt which I made myself.  I sometimes embroidered these pieces.  More of my Sculpture can be viewed here.

After my Masters I worked in London as a Digital Modeller, and Animator:

A pop video which I worked on can be viewed on Vimeo here.  Below are some stills from it:

In 2005 I completed structured training to work as a gardener, a garden designer, and horticulturalist.  I have designed gardens for various private clients, I also helped with a Gold winning Children’s Garden at Chelsea Flower Show in 2005, with Yalding Organic Gardens in Kent, UK.

I was fortunate to work at some of southern England’s most famous gardens: Chartwell, Sissinghurst, and Highgrove.  I am often grateful that I was trained to do something to a high standard which I now happily do as a hobby; and my knowledge and interest in this area informs my artwork.

In 2009 I relocated to Oxford, where I returned to painting.  I was inspired to draw my new young children, colouring with necessarily rapid watercolour:

This developed into quick paintings of many more things, often small, that I could fit into my life as a mother.  After finding a dead grasshopper and a beautiful moth on the pavement while pushing the pram, I was hooked on insects!

I was helped out by the University of Oxford, see here in my blog!

In 2013 I relocated again, this time to Australia – and honestly, part of the attraction was the bigger, brighter, insects!!  I am loving exploring this country, and culture, and the insects – particularly moths at the moment, with the help – this time – of the entomological department at Melbourne Museum.  I post news of my progress on my blog.