During my career as a molecular palaeontologist my research was concerned with extinct animals and their palaeoenvironments. As an artist my focus has shifted to include the lives and habitats of extant creatures. Strongly influenced by a fascination with the natural world first fostered in childhood, my paintings, prints and drawings are filled with living things and quiet places. They can be inspired by a familiar landscape, one small area of a much-loved garden, or focus only on one tree, plant or creature.
I am a self-taught artist. My style is my own but, the natural world aside, the following are all inspirational to me: the Expressionists’ use of colour to produce emotion, the magical jungles of Henri Rousseau, the detailed worlds found in illuminated manuscripts, and European folk art and folklore.