Dimensions:370mm x 370mm (framed)
Medium: Watercolour on paper
I began botanical painting in 2017, after completing online tutorials that helped show me how I could use the medium of watercolour in a contemporary and vibrant way.
I am not a traditional botanical painter, inspired more by large, vibrant portraits of botanical subjects, often front-on and oversized, allowing the viewer to really engage with the ‘face’ of the subject. As well as bold flower portraits, I also enjoy playing with native animals and plants, using modern compositions combined with the traditional botanical concepts of white space.
While I predominantly work in watercolour, I also enjoy pen and ink and have recently begun working on vellum. My first degree was in Art History, including the study of Medieval Manuscripts. I love the idea that vellum remains a treasured medium for documents and special works of art, with this traditional master craft essentially unchanged for 2000 years or more.
Dahlia’s are one of my favorite flowers, the range of colours and shapes is amazing, along with the intricate Fibonacci/Golden ratio design aspect of how they grow. My late Grandfather was an avid dahlia grower, and as a child, I couldn’t wait to see the new selection flower to see what colours and shapes emerged. This dahlia (Dahlia contraste) was one of my all time favorites, as well as being a favorite of his. They are always a joy to paint.
Working for an essential business, lockdown was very busy for me. I struggled to find both the time and the mental space/stillness to sit and paint, so I was quite unproductive for a period of time. Being confined to home, and then the local community, Covid did help me to find beautiful subject matter close to home and provided a new appreciation for my own back garden. It also highlighted to me the importance of finding time for creative pursuits when we are being bombarded by external news and information, not all of it positive.