When I was eight years old, I read The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett, and was introduced to the delights of the hidden enclosed garden.
About the same time that I was reading The Secret Garden, I asked my parents to buy me my first artist's-quality watercolour box.
Soon afterwards, we went to live in South-East Asia where we encountered a wide range of cultural influences.
This transformed my awareness of colour and accounts for my great love of the subtly glowing jewel-like colours of Indian and Persian painting.
Like Paul Klee, improvising on the keyboard of his watercolour box during his trip to Tunisia, I learnt to play with colour, and am still doing so.
I studied art in Leeds and Hereford (where I graduated with a First Class Honours degree in Illustration).
And then, on holiday in Cornwall, I came by chance across the beautiful book Gardens of the Imagination, illustrated by Peter Malone.
Years after reading The Secret Garden, Gardens of the Imagination re-opened my eyes to the garden as a motif and a vehicle for symbolic meaning.
I was hooked, and have painted nothing but gardens, part real, part imaginary, ever since.
Some of my paintings are published as greetings cards by Mistletoe House Cards ( www.mistletoehouse.co.uk );
some of my other paintings are available as cards through this website and at selected retail outlets.
My paintings are also available through this website as Limited Edition giclee prints. You can also buy my Limited Edition giclee prints at Oriel CRiC, Crickhowell.
I exhibit nationally and locally, including the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours and the Royal West Of England Academy Open Exhibitions,
and at other venues in Herefordshire, Powys, Broadway, and Hay-on-Wye.
You can find more details on the Exhibitions page.