I began my career as a secondary teacher of science and after a few years was awarded a scholarship from King’s College London to carry out research for a PhD in Science Learning. I am now retiring from 35 years in academia, currently as a Professor of Science Education at University College London.
I took up watercolour painting in 2003, at first attending weekend courses on landscape painting with the Field Studies Council. I branched out into botanical painting and became hooked on painting plants, particularly flowers.
While visiting the Society of Botanical Artists show in 2014 I saw an advertisement for the diploma course at the Chelsea School of Botanical Art. I began the course the following year, eventually graduating in 2018. I like to grow flowers to paint in my garden, and to share my passion for botany with young people.