In 2007 I graduated from the Birmingham Institute of Art and Design with a first class degree in fine art. The same year I travelled to South Africa where I helped with research on two game reserves (Karongwe and Venetia-Limpopo). My time in Africa inspired me to return to university to study wildlife conservation, where my passion for, and understanding of wildlife started to influence my work, which shifted from sculpture, installation and portraiture to wildlife painting.
Ten years after my spur-of-the-moment trip to South Africa, I now have a PhD in evolutionary ecology from the University of Exeter. This brought me fulll circle as I once again had the privilege of living and working in a spectacular game reserve in South Africa. During my PhD I conducted research in the Kalahari, looking at the effects of social environment on ageing in the white-browed sparrow weaver (a small bird that lives in social groups). See the research group website here.
In addition to wildlife paintings I now also take scientific illustration commissions (click here for examples), and have illustrated a children's book.