My career has been a combination of teaching, mostly in higher education, and working as a freelance designer.
The vibrant style of my flower paintings led naturally to a successful career designing for the gift wrap and greeting card industry. Training as a textile designer develops versatility of style as an artist, and in addition to cards my designs have graced a wide range of products both in the UK and internationally. These include swimwear, soft furnishings, homewares, textiles and wallpaper. My paintings are held in international and private collections including The Shirley Sherwood Collection at Kew Gardens and The Cedric Morris Florilegium, Suffolk.
The Society of Botanical Artists
I was elected as a member of the SBA in 2001 and became actively involved as a director, from 2004 and then a publicity officer from 2004 – 2010.
In 2010 until 2017 I was appointed as the Director of Botanical Enterprises Ltd, the retail arm of The Society of Botanical Artists and I was elected as the President in 2013 until 2019. During this time, I introduced several important initiatives to support the sustainability and advancement of the Society. My legacy with the help of my team was to create a new application process for membership which was adopted by the Society. Although no longer a director, I continue as a tutor on the SBA Distance Learning Degree Course.