Medals awarded by Royal Horticultural Society, London, and Botanical Images Scotland, including Gold Medal for a display of Horn of African Aloes (2016). Paintings selected by the Hunt Institute at the Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh (2010) ; Flora Scotia (Worldwide Botanical Art Exhibition, 2018); Florilegium of the Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh (2019); and New York Botanical Garden 4th Triennial Exhibition (2020).
Having always carried a sketchbook and paints on my travels I was invited to illustrate for the Flora of Ethiopia & Eritrea between 1997 and 2000. This was followed up with a Diploma in Botanical Illustration, Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh (Distinction, 2014).
It was in Ethiopia that I discovered what fun it was to study plants as one drew and painted them. As well as black and white plates for the Flora, I 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, and most years see me tramping the countryside for material to paint.
Otherwise, I am in Scotland working on commissions and projects, using both watercolour and colour pencil, and passing on my experience to students who are a wonderful stimulus to invention and high standards.
My childhood in Kenya determined a first degree in African History and Social Anthropology from the School of Oriental & African Studies, London, and a job as archivist at the National Museums of Kenya, which is why I am so keen on developing botanical art in this flora rich part of the world.
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.
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.