When in nature, I am continually look down for small bits of nature that are quietly in residence around me; bark, stones, lichen, leaves and plant material of all kinds. When painting, the process becomes a relationship between myself and my subject. The more I open up to the subject the more it trusts, the more it shows me who it really is and the more my attention is pulled in. I work to capture, as best that I can, the variety of textures, delicate structures, subtle color changes and to honor the personality that I feel from my subject. I find the biological systems of plants amazing and the relationship to their environment and pollinators intriguing.
My paintings are done using the traditional English botanical watercolor technique. I apply many layers of transparent washes and then, with a very small brush and with a dry brush technique I continue to build up color and form. It is a slow and meticulous process; and even a small painting takes many hours to complete.
I hope that my paintings bring the viewer into a world that they may have never seen before.