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Delighted to announce I have a couple of shows coming up this autumn/winter


details below


The Rose and other Stories


solo exhibition 



22nd November - 28th November


Gallery 2,

The Horsebridge Arts and Community Centre

Whitstable, Kent



'the imaginal rose'

available as a limited edition print










I am delighted to have two of my Rose paintings selected for




Society of Botanical Artists Annual Exhibition



details below







I  have been invited to show my work at the


'Artworks' Summer Exhibition



Roughams Blackthorpe barn in Suffolk this year.


I will be at the venue on the


16th September


demonstrating some of the drawing techniques I use in a meet the artist session



19th and 20th August

Join expert naturalists to do a fast and intensive survey of the flora and fauna in Bedgebury's National Pinetum.

Take part in the guided and drop-in events which are happening over the two days.

Some of the Florilegium Artists will be at this event


 I will be there on

 Friday 19th August with other Artist s from the Florilegium

for more info on this fantastic event go to




Hard at work finishing my painting for the Bedgebury Florilegium Society Exhibition at the Artichoke Gallery in Ticehurst.

  Pinus lambertiana

One of the cones collected when a team from Bedgebury embarked on a three week collaborative seed collecting expedition along the whole of the Pacific Northwest of the USA last September.
Their goal was to gather wild seed from some of the tallest, largest and rarest trees on the planet. 
for more info about this trip go to






Delighted to be invited to be part of FLORUM this year.

I will also be helping to steward the Exhibition on Sunday 11th September helping to steward the show.

Florum was the inspiration of Elizabeth Smail FLS FSBA.
Elizabeth's aim was to create a colourful and inspiring mix of works celebrating plant life.
Florum invites some of the UK's most celebrated botanical artists,
as well as artists working in freestyle, mixed media, printmaking and jewellery.




really looking forward to having a stall at the Art Market again this year, it had a real buzz last year and looks to be even better this time
hope to see some of you there?



After a successful debut, Making Art Work will be returning with the indoor ART MARKET in Maidstone on Saturday the 17th of September 2016,
 Loosely inspired by the success of “The Art Car Boot Fair”, the ART MARKET event will be held in the historic agricultural hall in the heart of the busy market place.

The first Art Market attracted in excess of 1500 visitors with over 85 stalls featuring contemporary artists,
who have exhibited nationally and internationally from across Kent and the South East.

It’s not surprising that Making Art Work decided to host the event again.

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Drawing and Plant Observation Workshop 

I am running a morning workshop this autumn where we will explore and share ways of looking through drawing with nature as our inspiration. 


Saturday 24th September.

10.00 - 13.00

to be held in the Craft room in the beautiful Blackthorn Garden in Maidstone

the cost is £25.00 and includes materials 

places are very limited to 10 and so need to be booked and paid for in advance
contact me by phone or email for more details and to secure a place




Thrilled to recieve the


Kent Creative Award 2016


 Visual Arts Category


All the winners!

taken at the ceremony on 18th May in Faversham



As an award winner I was invited on to the Kent Creative Live Radio show, 
a weekly radio programme on Channel Radio about Arts and Culture in Kent. 

You can catch up with this and previous shows at
or listen Live every Tuesday afternoon at 4:00pm 





'ghost pine'

graphite drawing on paper

RHS Malvern Spring Festival


5th to 8th May 


Really looking forward to exhibiting my work at this fantastic RHS show.


I will be showing a range of work including new drawings inspired by the seed collecting expeditions and important conservation work done by the team at Bedgebury Pinetum

as in


'ghost pine'


Kent Creative Awards


I am delighted to be shortlisted for the Kent Creative Live Award in the Visual Arts Category this year for my Art Practice






detail from ' Dandelion reflections'



We shall be exhibiting the piece


'Dandelion reflections'


by myself and writer Chris Broderick in the following Exhibition with the theme of 'time'. This collabotative work investigates the resonances between drawing and poetry.




A Making Art Work Exhibition


Maidstone Museum


14th May to 24th June








Lyminge Archaeological Project



3rd - 29th August 2015


There will be four week excavation to tie up loose ends this summer, the dig will be a smaller scale this year, but it should help to answer the remaining research questions.


Site Tours are on Saturdays at 2pm.


Open Day is on Saturday 22nd  10-00am to 4-30pm


Here is a detail from a work in progress inspired by the environmental teams excavation last year, 


'the willow shadows'



Themed Group Exhibition


I am delighted to be part of this Making Art Work Exhibition throughout September



below 65 gallery

65 High Street



9-30am to 4-30pm


monday to saturday


Bedgebury Pinetum Florilegium Society


Here is an image of one of the drawings of my first specimen from the signature tree list, supplied by the curatorial team

'Cephalotaxus harringtonia


Japanese Plum Yew

I am observing the tree and making drawings throughout the year working towards a final piece for the florilegiums collection.


The Florilegium work in partnersgip with the Friends of Bedgebury, the Forestry Commission and the Dendrologist Dan Luscombe.


The objectives are to represent creatively the rarity and diversity of the tree collection.



Date for your diary!





Saturday 19th September


I will be one of the Artists with a stall at the first Maidstone


Contemporary Art Market


9-00am to 4-00pm


The Market Hall


Baker Road










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Artist in residence - Lyminge Archaeological Project



This drawing shows the pattern of the river Nailbourne, the blue line, from its beginnings at Lyminge down to the sea.

The concentric circles were inspired by glass trails found on Anglo - Saxon cone beakers and from the extensive glass fragment assemblage and glass grave goods excavated at Lyminge.


There are 43 circles, each one representing one generation, so the drawing reflects on the time between now and the 5th century AD.

The patterns made by the reflected watercourse hint at the intricate designs used in Anglo Saxon metalwork whilst the cross references the later monastic importance of Lyminge.

I have become interested by the glass shards and how these fragments seem to represent the lost narratives of the Anglo Saxons.





Another drawing from this body of work is in the gallery page.


The village of Lyminge in Kent is a very rare and important archaeological site.

1,300years ago, an Anglo-Saxon monastery stood in the village, presided over by a royal abbess. Excavations are now showing that Lyminge was an improtant place before this, with evidence for a long sequence of Anglo-Saxon occupation extending back into the 5th century A.D.

Archaeologists from the University of Reading, along with local volunteers, archaeological societies and university students are working here each summer to uncover this `Anglo-Saxon past.

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