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
Some of my paintings are published as greetings cards by Green Pebble Cards
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,
I exhibit nationally and locally, including the Open Exhibitions of the Royal Institute of
Painters in Water Colours and the Royal West Of England Academy , and at Oriel
CRiC, Crickhowell, Powys, and other venues in Herefordshire and Worcestershire.
You can find more details on the Exhibitions page.