About

My dad used to take me out walking as a child and he always carried nature books in his rucksack so that we could spot butterflies, mushrooms and flowers as we went. Drawing has always been a big part of my life and in 2018, a career switch allowed me to follow both passions and become a professional artist, creating vibrant pastel and charcoal drawings.  Foraging and walking trips in the Somerset countryside with my dog Cracker inspire my artwork

My ambition is to create vibrant artwork for people’s homes that encourages them to interact further with the natural world. My work has been called inspiring, energising and healing. Current drawings for sale include a Forager's Alphabet series and a Landscapes and a Nature series. They can be purchased as original drawings or as prints. Commissions are welcomed and recent drawings have included people's gardens, favourite landscapes and specific Forager's Alphabet letters
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Four from my walk today... eyelash fungi, scarlet elf cap, wood blewit and bleeding oak crust. Always wonderful descriptive names that inspire...
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#commoneyelashfungi #scarletelfcup #woodblewit #bleedingoakcrust #fungus #fungi #fungi_fan_club #mushrooms #mushroom #shrooms #mycology #fungilove #fungiphotography #fantasticfungi #mushroomlove #mycologyclub #mushroomsociety #mushroomspotting #mushrooms_of_our_world #mushrooms_of_instagram #allthemushroomhashtags #naturelovers #nature #blagdonlake #northsomerset #natureinspiration

Four from my walk today... eyelash fungi, scarlet elf cap, wood blewit and bleeding oak crust. Always wonderful descriptive names that inspire... . . . #commoneyelashfungi #scarletelfcup #woodblewit #bleedingoakcrust #fungus #fungi #fungi_fan_club #mushrooms #mushroom #shrooms #mycology #fungilove #fungiphotography #fantasticfungi #mushroomlove #mycologyclub #mushroomsociety #mushroomspotting #mushrooms_of_our_world #mushrooms_of_instagram #allthemushroomhashtags #naturelovers #nature #blagdonlake #northsomerset #natureinspiration

Jelly ear fungi gathering momentum on hazel branches with wild garlic beyond. Jelly ear is great to oven dry and then rehydrate for stews, risottos and pasta dishes
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#jellyearfungus #wildgarlic #ramsons #wildfood #wildfoodlove #fungus #fungi #fungi_fan_club #mushrooms #mushroom #shrooms #mycology #fungilove #fungiphotography #fantasticfungi #mushroomlove #mycologyclub #mushroomsociety #mushroomspotting #mushrooms_of_our_world #mushrooms_of_instagram #allthemushroomhashtags #naturelovers #nature #blagdon #northsomerset

Jelly ear fungi gathering momentum on hazel branches with wild garlic beyond. Jelly ear is great to oven dry and then rehydrate for stews, risottos and pasta dishes . . . #jellyearfungus #wildgarlic #ramsons #wildfood #wildfoodlove #fungus #fungi #fungi_fan_club #mushrooms #mushroom #shrooms #mycology #fungilove #fungiphotography #fantasticfungi #mushroomlove #mycologyclub #mushroomsociety #mushroomspotting #mushrooms_of_our_world #mushrooms_of_instagram #allthemushroomhashtags #naturelovers #nature #blagdon #northsomerset

Wild honeysuckle leaves emerging on a wintry day in the Mendip Hills... For my lovely friend Bec Griffith to cheer her up
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#honeysuckle #wildhoneysuckle #springiscoming #charterhouse #blackmoorreserve #somerset #natureinspiration

Wild honeysuckle leaves emerging on a wintry day in the Mendip Hills... For my lovely friend Bec Griffith to cheer her up . . . #honeysuckle #wildhoneysuckle #springiscoming #charterhouse #blackmoorreserve #somerset #natureinspiration

Survival. Scarlet elf cup hiding from the hailstones. No new artwork at present as struggling through concussion after a fall. Starting to climb out of it. Hopefully some nice photos for you though as I start to walk in nature again. The best healer. Watch this space...
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#concussion #headinjury #pain #naturelovers #naturefinds #natureinspiredart #natureheals #scarletelfcup #mushrooms_of_instagram #mushroom #shroom #fungus #fungilove #fungi #fungi_fan_club #fungiphotography #wildfood #wildfoodlove #hailstones #crazyweather #blagdon #northsomerset #somerset

Survival. Scarlet elf cup hiding from the hailstones. No new artwork at present as struggling through concussion after a fall. Starting to climb out of it. Hopefully some nice photos for you though as I start to walk in nature again. The best healer. Watch this space... . . . #concussion #headinjury #pain #naturelovers #naturefinds #natureinspiredart #natureheals #scarletelfcup #mushrooms_of_instagram #mushroom #shroom #fungus #fungilove #fungi #fungi_fan_club #fungiphotography #wildfood #wildfoodlove #hailstones #crazyweather #blagdon #northsomerset #somerset

So good to see the first signs of spring out there. Gets the creative juices flowing. Inspiration for my Forager's Alphabet Primrose P. Available as an original, print and greetings card in my nuMONDAY shop
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#foragersalphabet #pisforprimrose #primroses #springflowers #springiscoming #daffodils #blagdonlake #northsomerset

So good to see the first signs of spring out there. Gets the creative juices flowing. Inspiration for my Forager's Alphabet Primrose P. Available as an original, print and greetings card in my nuMONDAY shop . . . #foragersalphabet #pisforprimrose #primroses #springflowers #springiscoming #daffodils #blagdonlake #northsomerset

My Winscombe Art Group class this week was all about underpainting with watercolour and then using pastels to create a piece of artwork. It's a great way to start your piece off with some built in contrast and tonal values. We all definitely learned a lot from the different backgrounds and papers that were used. Has inspired me to do more mixed media. Apologies to all for being so bruised and in pain - had a fall last week - but the show must go on!
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#winscombeartgroup #teaching #class #pastels #watercolour #underpainting #springflowers #mixedmedia

My Winscombe Art Group class this week was all about underpainting with watercolour and then using pastels to create a piece of artwork. It's a great way to start your piece off with some built in contrast and tonal values. We all definitely learned a lot from the different backgrounds and papers that were used. Has inspired me to do more mixed media. Apologies to all for being so bruised and in pain - had a fall last week - but the show must go on! . . . #winscombeartgroup #teaching #class #pastels #watercolour #underpainting #springflowers #mixedmedia

Taught my first ever pastel and charcoal class at Winscombe Art Group yesterday and loved it! I showed the artists two different charcoal techniques during the session. The first technique is continuous line drawing, of which Paul Klee and Matisse were masters. The second technique is subtractive charcoal drawing, where you rub charcoal over the whole page, then erase the charcoal with putty rubbers and other differently sized erasers (a rubber on the end of a pencil is good for finer lines) to reveal your subject, focusing on the light. Have a look at the amazing South African artist William Kentridge's videos to see how you can use this technique to the max. Here are two of Winscombe Art Group's wonderful charcoal drawings from yesterday, a study of tropical fruit and an amaryllis. Huge thanks to Alison and Shirley for letting me show you their work
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#artclass #pastels #pastelsandcharcoals #pastelartist #charcoaldrawing #charcoal #continuouslinedrawing #klee #matisse #subtractivecharcoaldrawing #williamkentridge #inspiration #newskill

Taught my first ever pastel and charcoal class at Winscombe Art Group yesterday and loved it! I showed the artists two different charcoal techniques during the session. The first technique is continuous line drawing, of which Paul Klee and Matisse were masters. The second technique is subtractive charcoal drawing, where you rub charcoal over the whole page, then erase the charcoal with putty rubbers and other differently sized erasers (a rubber on the end of a pencil is good for finer lines) to reveal your subject, focusing on the light. Have a look at the amazing South African artist William Kentridge's videos to see how you can use this technique to the max. Here are two of Winscombe Art Group's wonderful charcoal drawings from yesterday, a study of tropical fruit and an amaryllis. Huge thanks to Alison and Shirley for letting me show you their work . . . #artclass #pastels #pastelsandcharcoals #pastelartist #charcoaldrawing #charcoal #continuouslinedrawing #klee #matisse #subtractivecharcoaldrawing #williamkentridge #inspiration #newskill

How lucky am I? Love living here. Mist hovering over Blagdon Village and Lake at the top of the lane above my house. Endless subjects for pastel and charcoal drawings to be found
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#loveblagdon #blagdonlake #blagdon #blagdonchurch #blagdonvillage #northsomerset #somerset #sunrise #mist #homeiswheretheheartis #homeiswheretheartis #designinspiration #creativeinspiration #inspiredbynature

How lucky am I? Love living here. Mist hovering over Blagdon Village and Lake at the top of the lane above my house. Endless subjects for pastel and charcoal drawings to be found . . . #loveblagdon #blagdonlake #blagdon #blagdonchurch #blagdonvillage #northsomerset #somerset #sunrise #mist #homeiswheretheheartis #homeiswheretheartis #designinspiration #creativeinspiration #inspiredbynature

Gorgeous out today. Cold, super frosty and clear in Stockhill Woods. In planning for my first teaching session tomorrow. My students may well be drawing scarlet elf cups!
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#stockhillwoods #somerset #scarletelfcups #fungi_fan_club #fungi #fungus #ediblewildfood #ediblefungus #frost #crackerandreasdog

Gorgeous out today. Cold, super frosty and clear in Stockhill Woods. In planning for my first teaching session tomorrow. My students may well be drawing scarlet elf cups! . . . #stockhillwoods #somerset #scarletelfcups #fungi_fan_club #fungi #fungus #ediblewildfood #ediblefungus #frost #crackerandreasdog

Arrived in fog ...and then a glimmer of sunlight appeared. Much needed. We've had a whole lot of rain, wind and greyness in the Mendips recently
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#sunlight #springiscoming #mendips #mendiphills #mendiphillsaonb #somerset #blackmoornaturereserve #blackmoorreserve #mendipartist #inspiredbynature #natureinspiredart #createeveryday #creativelivehappylife

Arrived in fog ...and then a glimmer of sunlight appeared. Much needed. We've had a whole lot of rain, wind and greyness in the Mendips recently . . . #sunlight #springiscoming #mendips #mendiphills #mendiphillsaonb #somerset #blackmoornaturereserve #blackmoorreserve #mendipartist #inspiredbynature #natureinspiredart #createeveryday #creativelivehappylife