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I graduated with an Honours Degree in Fashion from St Martin’s Art School. For the following 35 years I worked in the fashion world. On my retirement in 2003, I decided to implement my long-held desire to do art for art’s sake, following in my father’s footsteps.

I turned to botanical art with enthusiasm. This has been very rewarding and has become a second career. I am now an Associate Member of the Society of Botanical Artists. I won the Derwent Prize for exceptional work using coloured pencil for my ‘Palm Shadows’.

I use coloured pencils in all my work. My years as a dress designer gave me a love of this medium. All mediums have individual characteristics and difficulties; it is very satisfying exploring all the possibilities and pushing at the boundaries.