After completing a foundation course in art at Brighton, I started illustrating professionally while still at art college on a 3 year Pure Illustration course at Harrow. My first commercial illustration job was for Grants of St James’s Wine Diary, which I continued to do illustrations for throughout my college days. I was already fascinated with architecture and had a natural affinity to working with gouache and watercolour. While still at art college I won Highly Commended in the Benson & Hedges Illustrators Gold Awards for an editorial illustration called The Rewards of Friendship, which was exhibited at Hamiltons Gallery, Mayfair.
Early clients included Collett Dickinson & Pearce Advertising agency, Longmans Publishing and Conran Design and just before leaving college I exhibited two paintings and sold one at the Olivier Gallery in the National Theatre on London’s Southbank. My first painting sale! In 1984 I was invited to join David Judd Associates, then the largest privately owned design company in Europe. By 1986 I became head of the Illustration team at the newly formed DJPA International having learned to visualise and to adapt my illustrations to work in any medium or style. In 1993 I went freelance again and focused on my first love, architecture and watercolours.
Gradually, clients who had commissioned me to do an illustration began to make more and more requests to purchase the originals too. I moved out of London and began to explore painting en plein air in the landscapes of Wales and Sussex. I have exhibited with the Royal Watercolour Society at Bankside Gallery London and with the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour and the Society of Women Artists, both at the Mall Galleries and continue to enjoy my practices of illustration and painting side by side. I am still passionate and excited by how much I have yet to discover and also enjoy teaching too.
My studio has also been an occasional gallery during the past 10 years where I enjoy promoting the work of other artists. www.vision-gallery.co.uk is now a virtual gallery for sales of my paintings, prints and other gallery stock such as jewellery. VisionGallery.co.uk is currently showing my paintings and illustrations and also the work of textile artist and printmaker Tadek Beutlich, which I am managing on behalf of the Beutlich family. Please follow the links if you would like to browse the online gallery. If you would like to visit my studio please email me: firstname.lastname@example.org