I am a novice to the discipline of botanical art with still much to learn. I originally trained as a teacher of creative arts in Birmingham, UK. In 1970 I was appointed as a Creative Arts Teacher to a Tasmanian High School later to move on to work at Don Secondary College, where my role was to essentially support students with special learning needs and train students in Vocational Community Service courses. For the latter part of my teaching career, I was engaged in developing and delivering a broader curriculum, but creative arts was always an integral part of my teaching methodology, as I found it to be a powerful tool for connecting with young ( and older) people.
I live with my husband and a number of much loved animals on a small farmlet surrounded by the beauty of rural NW Tasmania. The plants, pollinator and animal life coexisting on our property have always been a source of inspiration. My fascination with nature’s patterns and details has driven my interest in botanical and natural history subjects. When I finally retired from educating others, I embraced the opportunity to paint and draw to my heart’s content. Connecting with a group of keen local artists has encouraged me to learn new techniques in portraying botanical subjects.
I have entered a few local art exhibitions (Central Coast NW Tasmania Artex) and have sold work and been awarded with highly commended certificates. I am delighted and honoured to say that three of my paintings were accepted and two sold in the Friends of the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria The Art of Botanical Illustration online exhibition 2020.