About Me

Photo of artists in the distance with her dog, on a hillside with blue sky behind


I am a Scottish wildlife artist and illustrator based in the beautiful Scottish Borders. My art and illustration work revolves around nature and wildlife and I produce original pieces of art for sale alongside small gift items and prints. Watercolour and graphite are my main media but I also use coloured pencil and pen and ink. You can find out a little more below and in my Meet the Artist post in my online Blog pages.

When I was six, my family moved to an old farm where I discovered 'wildlife'. It was the most magical place! I could often be found outside trying to catch a glimpse of mice in the barns or stoats in the dry stone walls. Sadly, my time there was short and we had to move elsewhere after a few glorious years. However my love of wildlife did not diminish and I have carried it with me through my life.


Beautiful Scottish Borders countryside in the sunshine


My love of art and animals has allowed me to spend time studying both. Alongside a degree in Classical Studies, I have also studied mammal physiology and behaviour, British natural habitats & ecology and palaeontology at undergraduate level. I am always looking for art and illustration courses to expand my experience and knowledge too. Recently I have completed a number of wildlife specific illustration courses including the Drawing Nature, Science and Culture: Natural History Illustration 101 course from Newcastle University, New South Wales.


Work in progress image of leaves and berries being painted


Over the years I have contributed to many environmental projects and national wildlife surveys and held memberships to several nature and environmental organisations, including the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust, The Mammal Society and Greenpeace. During the last 30 years I have shown my work many times in charity exhibitions and have a 20 year background in commissions for private individuals with my artwork in collections in the United States, Canada, Australia, Europe and all over Britain. I have also been lucky enough to have my work on UK television and published in books and magazines. Some of my art has also been licensed for small business use and to produce rubber stamps for a US based stamp company. During my career I also spent several years working for local companies hand painting figurines - including Marcus Mole, the character created for the UK-France Eurotunnel service when it first started running in the mid-90s.

If you would like to follow my work and day-to-day life throughout the year you can sign up for my quarterly newsletter here.


Selection of pencil art on a desk with pencils, eraser and glasses


Publications:-

Books:

  • 'Cat Sayings: Wit & Wisdom from the Whiskered Ones' by Bradford G Wheler (Sept 2012)
  • 'The Pulse of Mixed Media: Secrets and Passions of 100 Artists Revealed' by Seth Apter, North Light Books (March 2012)
  • 'Skulls' by Noah Scalin, Lark Books (7 Oct 2008)

Magazine articles:

  • 'Beads and Beyond' magazine: June 2014

My craft work has been regularly seen on the Create and Craft and Hochanda TV channels in the UK and online.

Last updated: 4th January 2024