I came to drawing later on in life, after a brief spell of drawing as a teenager led me to believe that I was hopeless at it — a belief I maintained for the next twenty years before picking up a pencil again in July 2015 … the rest is history! I fell in love with graphite and have not been able to put my pencils away since.
Above all else, I am drawn to black and white artwork; I’m not entirely sure why, but there is something about the simplicity and expressiveness of its stripped-back palette. and the challenge of creating something compelling and beautiful without the use of colour that I just love.
I am entirely self-taught and so the first few years were spent experimenting with both ink and graphite, and a variety of subject matter. However, it was through drawing animals that my passion for graphite was firmly established and as time moved on, my love of depicting wildlife took over all other subjects — my interest in wildlife began at a young age and was built upon through a sixteen-year career as a professional ecologist.
As well as raising awareness of wildlife conservation issues, I also use my drawings to fundraise, where I can, for wildlife charities through the sale of prints and originals.
Charities supported to date include: Derbyshire Wildlife Trust, The Woodland Trust, Bumblebee Conservation Trust, ARK exotic wildlife sanctuary and Australian WIRES emergency fund for wildlife affected by bushfires.
I also support the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation through my ‘Sketch for Wildlife’ series. You can find out more about this here.
Thank you – for all of your support to date, for looking through this website, for buying my artwork, commissioning me, and for the enthusiastic words that you send.
When I am not drawing I work as a freelance nature writer.
Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, shows and exhibitions have been cancelled — this includes Derbyshire Open Arts, which was to be held in May. However, all is not lost as you can find a collection of pieces that would have been exhibited this spring/summer via my online shop here.