About Me

Welcome to my site!

I am a Scottish wildlife artist and illustrator based in the beautiful Scottish Borders. My current work revolves around nature and wildlife themed art with a little landscape work thrown in from time to time. I produce original pieces of art for sale alongside printable digital products on Etsy, small gift items and (coming sooon) prints and other goodies. Watercolour and graphite are my main mediums but I can also turn my hand to coloured pencil and pen and ink. You can find out a little more below and in my Meet the Artist post in my online Journal pages.

I grew up around art. My parents had a small collection of art and were always doodling pictures of cats or pirate maps to amuse me (or possibly themselves - it's hard to know). Tony Hart's and Nancy Kominsky's art shows on TV were my favourites and pencils and pens for colouring were always nearby - even if I thought they were for colouring in the dog's ears (white dog, red felt tip pen).

I was also surrounded by animals. As a young child, my parents had large dogs and cats were nearly always around. When I was six, we moved to an old farm where I discovered 'wildlife'. It was the most magical place and 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. However my love of wildlife did not diminish and I have carried it with me through my life.

My enjoyment of art and passion for animals has allowed me to spend time studying both. My academic qualifications are in Classical Studies but I have also studied courses in mammal physiology and behaviour, British natural habitats and ecology and palaeontology at undergraduate level and am always taking courses relating to art and illustration to expand my experience and knowledge. 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, Wildlife Illustration for Children's Books and Scientific Illustration of Animals in Watercolour.

Over the years I have contributed to many environmental projects, national wildlife surveys and held memberships to several nature and environmental organisations, including the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust, the Mammal Society and Greenpeace. 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.

Over the last 14 years I have also had a craft side to my business. Mainly focusing on paper beads and silk cords, I have been lucky enough to have my work on UK television and published in books and magazines. Some of my art has also been licensed to produce rubber stamps for a US based stamp company and for small business use. During my career I also spent several years working for local companies hand painting figurines - including Marcus Mole, the character created for the Eurotunnel back 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. There is even a free gift for signing up!

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: April 8th 2022