Art was always my favourite subject at school, and the first thing on my Birthday or Christmas list was normally drawing books, pens and paints. However, I never considered a career as an artist; it didn’t seem like something everyday people did!
On leaving school I went to help out in the family floristry business; taking it over from my parents some years later. With running a business I never found a lot of time for hobbies; but I suppose my creative side came out in floristry displays; gaining a reputation for being able to reproduce many things in flowers - from Great Danes to Formula 1 cars.
In recent years when I found the time to return to art; the obvious choice of subject for me was wildlife and nature. The beauty of nature has always been in the detail – you only have to study a single bird’s feather or the veins on a leaf to appreciate that, and it was out of this that my detailed style developed.
My husband Graham always says that where nature is concerned I always have to touch; I can’t just look, and I do have to plead guilty as charged on this point, but this lead me want to create paintings that would not only make people feel like they could reach out and touch the subject; but that might allow them to actually imagine what it might feel like. My detailed style, I hope, enables me to do this, but I never want to get lost in the detail ... the life in the animal and the character must still shine through. When I look at a finished painting and I can almost imagine for an instant that I saw the eyes blink, or an ear twitch; then I’m happy!
The biggest compliment I can get is when people look at my work and say something like...’you feel like you could run your fingers through its fur..’. Which, as Graham would say, is probably what I’d do to the real thing ... given half a chance!
Pet Portrait, Wildlife