Artist & Planting Consultant
Creating is what I have always liked to do, whether in the garden or on canvas. Following a career as a jewellery designer, I joined part time classes at Heatherley’s School of Fine Art in London, under Danny Cuming and continue today with Sarah Jane Moon. I paint predominantly in oils, but am exploring new media and techniques.
My latest work is inspired by the landscapes around me, either in my childhood Perthshire home or in the countryside of the west of England and London. I find trees, woodland and farmland particularly appealing, but also like to approach life drawing and still life in a bold manner veering towards the abstract.
In the garden, I am greatly influenced by the Arts and Crafts gardens of Gertrude Jekyll and Christopher Lloyd and by the contemporary planting of Arne Maynard and Tom Stuart-Smith. My planting style makes use of colour and texture, mixing the formality of topiary with a more romantic, floral abundance of perennials and self-seeding plants. I have practical experience with a variety of garden environments including gravel gardening, grasses, woodland planting and shrubs. I currently advise the planting in several country gardens.
Please contact me for more information.