I have been passionate about animals all my life. I grew up in South London; but we were lucky enough to have a large garden with a wooded area at the end, and I loved to spend time there searching for small creatures. I had a book on studying nature, which gave information about how to recognise animal tracks, and dissecting an owl pellet to discover what the bird had eaten; which all fascinated me; and I studied the book time and time again.
Before the age of ten, we moved to Sussex and now with several acres to explore my real love of nature began. At the same time, David Attenborough’s ‘Life on Earth’ was broadcast, and my eyes were opened to the beauty of the natural world.
My other love was any form of artistic creation; a desire to recreate something I had seen and capture it forever.
As I grew up, I dreamed of travelling the world, studying and saving animals. Life doesn’t always work out the way you planned though.
It wasn’t until much later in life that I realised that I could combine the two, and I began painting wildlife and using my work wherever possible to raise funds for animal welfare and conservation charities.