The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh awarded me a Distinction on completing its prestigious botanical illustration diploma course (2014). I went on to gain a Gold Medal for a series of Horn of Africa Aloes at the Royal Horticultural Society London show (2016), and a prize for botanical accuracy (Iceni Botanical Artists Exhibition 2017).
I have work in the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation at the Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, having exhibited at its 13th Exhibition of Botanical Art. I have also had many commissions, some very personal and others from institutions, including the Savill Garden Windsor. I offer tuition on demand in both watercolour and colour pencil, my students being a wonderful stimulus to invention and high standards.
I have a BA degree in African History and Social Anthropology from the School of Oriental and African Studies having spent my childhood in Kenya. It was in Ethiopia that I discovered what fun it was to study plants as one drew and painted them. Whilst illustrator to the Flora of Ethiopia and Eritrea (1997-2000), I also produced colour paintings of endemic plants in order to inform local and foreign residents alike of the richness of the flora in this beautiful, mountainous country. This is a continuing project.
I am a member of the Scottish Society of Botanical Artists and the American Society of Botanical Artists and I was an active member of the Iceni Botanical Artists in Norfolk, UK, between 2013 and 2017. I move between the UK and Ethiopia.
My approach to botanical art is sculptural. I like to dry brush my way round all the parts, examining them, feeling for shape and form, until I can reveal great beauty in the hidden parts.
- Royal Horticultural Society, London 2016, Gold Medal, Horn of Africa Aloes
- Botanical Illustration, Scotland 2015, Silver Gilt Medal, Aloes
- 13th International Exhibition, Hunt Institute, Pittsburgh, USA 2010 - 2 paintings selected for exhibition
- Botanical Illustration, Scotland 2009, Silver Medal, Bulb Irises
Contributions to other joint and society exhibitions in Scotland and in England, including for the Iceni Botanical Artists in Norfolk.
This is a small selection of my work. If you would like to make a comission or purchase a Giclée print, please contact me.
Horn of Africa Aloes
Ethiopian Endemic Flora
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