Introduction


As an artist I have always drawn my inspiration form the natural world. Observing its detail and drama with a sense of wonder, I have sought to evolve and hone my artistic approach and technique to render the exquisite qualities that I perceive. Moreover, I continually aspire to share that ‘sense of wonder’, so pertinent to my creativity.

Having shared this love of nature and creativity through my first book ‘Reflections of Nature’, I am delighted to have subsequently found myself evolving a body of work dedicated to my muse, the butterfly, the fruition of which completes my latest book; ‘The Art of Embroidered Butterflies’ published by Search Press

The miraculous beauty of my subject has commanded great concentration artistically. Working entirely by hand I have employed painting, modeling and embroidery techniques to consider their closest detail. Working with the aid of magnification I have represented the minute scales, which adorn their wings, employing the finest of silk threads and delicate hand made embroidery needles. I have also carefully considered their beautiful and varied habitats; bluebell woods, summer meadows… even the secret corners of my garden shed. So too have I delighted in observing their miraculous life cycle; from egg to pupae to butterfly on the wing’, gathering in and nurturing countless hungry caterpillars from the field and watching their metamorphosis in awe.