I grew up in the south of England, where I'm told I decided at age 3 that I wanted to be a vet. From a similar age a innate urge to draw developed - art class was always my favourite and my attention to small details in my drawings always drew comments from family and teachers. As I progressed through school I gradually had to focus more on science and maths in order to meet the entry requirements for vet school, and with sadness I did not take art further than GCSE. All through vet school I would find disproportionate pleasure in anatomical sketches and diagrams, or doodling animals on my lecture notes (and sometimes the table... shh!). However, time was a very thinly stretched resource in this period of my life, and art patiently took a back seat.
After graduation time did not seem to be any more available, and my only creative output was the annual Christmas card where I went all in. In March 2020 we were locked down, and at last I had nothing but time. I scrambled around to find my art supplies, and the oil painting materials that I bought in a moment of optimism but never used. For the next 5 months I dedicated myself to learning how to use these tricky paints, and via a lot of frustration, mess, doubt and mistakes I fell completely in love with the medium.
Since then art has re-entered my life in a big way, and days spent at the easel are my happy place. I am naturally drawn to painting animals, as I have all my life, but the subject that gives me the most pleasure is wildlife, and the extraordinary wild spaces of our planet. Throughout my veterinary career I have had the immense pleasure of travelling the world to work with all kinds of animals, and I want to share those experiences with paint. Wild animals are innately beautiful, but nothing beats seeing them thriving in their natural environment.
As well as volunteering my time to work on veterinary projects around the world whenever I can, I also donate a proportion of profits of selected works to veterinary and conservation charities so that real animals out in the wild can benefit from the paintings that represent them.