My venture into Botanic Drawing has been a fairly recent step along life's journey, but drawing has always been a great delight from an early age.
After my education at Colchester County High, I progressed to Colchester School of Art in 1965, but it was the call of the clay that beckoned me. However, whilst at Art School I was fortunate to be taught Botanic Drawing by John Nash and he encouraged us to use coloured pencils. We completed our six weeks course in that discipline and that was it! I became a potter!
To cut a long story short, I then trained to become a Primary School teacher, but still managed to run my pottery studio for most of my twenty-four year teaching career and also sang with The London Philharmonic Choir for some time, singing being my other passion!
Then, some years later, a friend who did botanical watercolours rather scathingly muttered about someone who did botanical drawing with coloured pencils indeed! I quietly reminded her that I too had produced work using coloured pencils and showed her my efforts. Not wholly convinced, she signed up to Ann Swan's course at Dedham Hall, cursing the cost of pencils and assuring me she'd hate it! Not so! She returned completely converted, singing Ann's praises.
The following year my friend firmly suggested that I too should attend Ann's course and the rest is history. Ann has been an excellent, long-suffering and patient tutor for a person whose feet were in clay, in more ways than one! I shall ever be indebted to her tuition so far and her encouragement to strive for what I thought was an impossible goal.
I now exhibit my work, mainly in local agricultural shows in the Anglia region, produce cards and prints from my botanical drawings and have several pieces, both original and prints, in private collections.