A passion for the plants that make up the broader garden composition led me to an interest in the detail of those plants and so to a love of botany. Close-up scrutiny whilst peering through a hand lens to see small structures has played a key part in bold plant portraits. My work is far removed from botanical illustrations; I aim instead to convey something strange about the subject. The gaping seed pods of Stinking Iris or dangerous spines of Teasel are of more interest that portraying flowers and leaves.
Charcoal and Graphite on paper. 55 x 75 cm. Unframed
Acrylic on canvas. 132 x 91cm. Unframed.