I was born and brought up in Northumberland and went to school in Edinburgh. I took a degree in Botany at Manchester University and one in Horticulture at University of Bath.
I worked as Botanist for the Distillers Company in Scotland for seven years, then carried out Botanical surveys for English Nature. Following a Masters course in Horticulture I lectured and later became Director of Moor Bank Botanic Garden in Newcastle.
My first artistic subjects were plants. When Director of Moor Bank Botanic Garden in Newcastle I produced some botanical drawings to accompany the descriptions of newly identified species of plants. The Botanic garden provided a wealth of material and I branched out into paintings of North of England landscapes. This was followed by a number of paintings of the built environment.
I attended a number of art courses and studied for a degree in fine art at Newcastle College. There I painted more contemporary subjects and enjoyed the opportunity of painting an altar piece for a church.
Having lived in Africa for some years I produced a number of paintings reflecting ordinary life and some of the tropical flora there.
My current work looks at ‘ordinary things’ and finds harmony and interest in them and beauty in small details.
I live near Hexham in Northumberland.