I have loved animals and drawing them for as long as I can remember. I grew up watching wildlife documentaries and the birds in our garden and drawing pictures from a huge collection of natural history books. As a teenager a move from Greater Manchester to rural mid Wales took me closer to wildlife and I went on to study Zoology then Evolutionary Psychology at university where there was little time for drawing.
After graduating I spent several years working in conservation and environmental education for organisations including the RSPB and the Zoological Society of London before moving into science communication at London’s Science Museum.
During this time I picked up a pencil and started to draw again. Initially working on highly detailed and realistic wildlife portraits in graphite. These earned a place on the BBC Wildlife Artist of the Year shortlist before being twice shortlisted for the David Shepherd Wildlife Artist of the Year Award. But around this time I moved away from this fine art style and developed the mixed media style of illustration I now mostly work in.
In 2015 I quit my day job, left London and moved back to the North West of England where I now live in a small town by the sea with fields and canals and woodlands and plenty of salt marsh to watch nature and inspire my work.
My illustrations can be found on greetings cards, stationery, prints and paper dolls and I am increasingly working on surface pattern design. I also regularly takes on commissioned work including pet portraits.
I still love to watch wildlife documentaries and the birds in the garden.