story & inspiration

I trained and worked as a designer for 15 years and have specialised in chalk pastels for more than 20 years. In 2009 I set up a specialist portrait studio. I display in galleries around the south-west of England and work to commission from my design studio overlooking the Golden Valley in The Cotswolds.

I grew up in The Cotswolds, England – a spot renowned for it’s natural beauty and long association of artists and craftspeople.

I studied art at school and drew and painted from an early age, always loving the natural beauty of the landscape around me. Growing up, I always had family pets and I am still accompanied on my drawing forays by my ever faithful rescue dog.

My commissioned portraits are about capturing the essence of the animal’s character. Customers often remark that I have not just drawn a likeness of their pet, but drawn their personality as well, more often than not, bursting into tears (of joy!) when they see their portrait.
I sell my work all over the world from South America to Europe and exhibit locally in The Cotswolds, joining groups of artists as well as solo exhibitions.

Here are a few recent images I have taken for my sketchbook - as you can see my inspiration is not just animals!