I was born in Switzerland and lived in Lebanon, Singapore, Algeria and Spain before returning to Geneva to study at the Ecole des Arts Decoratifs. My training there as a silversmith and jeweller honed my eye for the minute detail I put into my paintings. These are inspired by myth and fairy tale, and by the nature and landscapes of my mother’s home town in the Borderlands of Scotland, where I have lived for the past twenty years.
I have illustrated books including children’s stories by Joan Aiken and by the Brothers Grimm, The Celtic Lunar Zodiac by Helena Paterson (an exploration of Celtic astrology and myth), Greenworld by Dougal Dixon (a science fiction story, published in Japan) and a book on Chinese tree peonies, and have exhibited widely, including at the World Fantasy Convention in the USA, the World Science Fiction Convention whenever it comes to the UK, and the British Science Fiction Convention every year at Easter.
I have been awarded a total of four Gold Medals and five Silver-Gilt Medals by the Royal Horticultural Society and the Royal Caledonian Horticultural Society for botanical illustration, and am a member of the Scottish Society of Botanical Artists.
I paint in acrylics and watercolours, and also in oils, layering the paint in many thin glazes to achieve the intensity of colour and luminosity with which I see the world, and am increasingly combining the three principal facets of my work, nature, fantasy and botanical, to explore the boundaries between fantasy and reality, seeking to evoke in the viewer the sense of wonder at the world that all of us possess in chilhood.
Dragon paintings: A few years ago I began an inventory of common or garden dragons found in the British Isles (more frequently than is often realised, though some are becoming rarer) and this, together with accompanying nature notes and sketches, is intended to be published as a book once the work is complete. Several of these illustrations are exhibited here, as well as those depicting more exotic dragons.