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 — it took me twenty years to pick up a pencil again, which I did 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 and pet portraits took over all other subjects — my interest in wildlife began at a young age and was built upon through a career as a professional ecologist.
As well as raising awareness of wildlife conservation issues, I also use my drawings to donate and 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 am delighted to partner with the People’s Trust for Endangered Species (PTES) in 2021 — this fabulous charity invests in research into the protection of endangered species, both in the UK and throughout the rest of the world, which in turn feeds into conservation action. For every wildlife print and original drawing sold, I donate 10% to the PTES, so through buying my artwork, you help support vital conservation work.
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.