My interest in horse-racing began early on - from at least the age of ten I would scan the racing section of the Saturday morning papers and pick out a favourite horse or one with an unusual name so I could watch its progress on the television later that afternoon. Trips to local racecourses with my mum followed - often on a crowded coach full of rowdy betting-shop clients. Haydock, York, Doncaster, Pontefract and Ripon were amongst those first visits and watching Lester Piggott win the May Hill Stakes on Midway Lady was undoubtedly one of the highlights.
Like most children, I always loved drawing, but from 12 I began to try my hand at horses. Early portraits (in pastel and pencil) included Northern Dancer, The Minstrel and Nijinsky (some of which, to my embarrassment, are still displayed on my Sister's wall!) but it was not until college that I was brave enough to attempt my first painting - this of Shergar in acrylic. In hindsight, it
probably wasn't very good, the handling of the paint was very heavy-handed, but it did show promise and encouraged me to try more.
I attended college in South Wales for two years to train as a wildlife illustrator along with my future husband David. Since leaving college 20 years ago we have run a successful illustration business with clients as diverse as the RSPB and Whipsnade Wild Animal Park, and in that time David has also become very well known for his wildlife paintings of British game and coarse fish.
Although primarily working to commission, my equestrian paintings have been on display at the Wykeham Gallery, Stockbridge, The Mall Galleries, London, The Obsidian Gallery, Buckinghamshire, The Millyard Gallery, Yorkshire, the Sporting Gallery, Tetbury, The Jerram Gallery, Dorset and the Whitehouse Gallery, Dumfries & Galloway. I have also previously had work selected for the Society of Wildlife Artists Exhibition at the Mall Galleries, London.
In 2008 I became an Associate Member of the Society of Equestrian Artists having had three paintings selected for the annual exhibition in 2006 and 2007 and two paintings selected in 2008.
Having moved back to West Wales in 2002, I like to spend my time at the local point-to-point and harness-racing meetings as well as the new racecourse at Ffos Las near Llanelli.
Our studio is open to visitors by appointment while the web site provides a comprehensive catalogue of both past and recent works.
The web site is updated regularly with new paintings, paintings in progress and available limited edition and open edition prints which can be bought on-line.