“My lifelong passion has been the natural world, and this is reflected in my preferred subjects, wildlife and landscapes. Wildlife for me includes insects, beautiful in closeup and endlessly fascinating. I also like to paint domestic animals (including sheep – and guinea pigs!); old buildings mellowed into their environment appeal to me too.

Watercolour is my favourite medium – I love its delicacy and spontaneity; I find it lends itself well to atmospheric landscapes and to finely detailed animal studies. I also find exciting effects by edging with pen, in a geometric style.

Most of my subject matter is strictly representational, but whatever the subject, I try to capture the essence and ‘spirit’. One way and another I aim to celebrate the wonderful diversity of nature.”