Sea and Hill and Wood
I was born and raised in Brighton, my mother's family was from rural
Sussex and my father's from a farm in Poland. I now live on the
Berkshire/Oxfordshire border with several cats, tortoises and hens,
by living relics from the past - the Icknield Way, Grim's Ditch,
boundary hawthorns on the Mapledurham Estate...
spent most of my life in scientific research (virology, cancer,
gene therapy) in 2007 I decided step sideways and paint full time. I
enjoyed drawing and painting things in the world around me and now
think of myself as a
professional artist, specialising in botanical art and illustration.
This website represents some of my work to date.
training in science taught me the patience and
attention to detail so necessary in representing plants in watercolour.
mainly the "dry brush" watercolour technique, learned at Kew and with
Annie Farrer. I have had a lifelong interest in ancient texts, dating
from when I first came across the epic original poem Gilgamesh. Since
then my imagination has been particularly captured by early and
medieval Northern European literature - the Icelandic sagas, Beowulf,
the stories of
Merlin and King Arthur. Through these writings I became aware that our
plant world range throughout time and human experience, a concept
which is reflected in much of my work.
exhibited my work in several Open Houses at Brighton Festival and Studio 21 in Caversham.