RWS annual open competition 2007, 2008, 2009
solo Colours Gallery, Edinburgh 2005, 2006, 2008
2 person, Thompson's Aldeburgh 2008
Chelsea Flower Show (Thompson's Marylebone) 2009
solo, Strachan Fine Art, London, late 2009
My love of flowers began on Scottish Highland holidays as a child. Since then it has been a passion to seek out flowers and plants wherever I go, be they cultivated or wild.
Colour is central to my paintings, and I endeavour to recreate my wonder at the Creation around us through my work.
After three years of Botanical Illustration at Edinburgh College of Art under Dame Elizabeth Blackadder, I enjoy combining the skills of watercolour painting with impressionistic areas of colour in other water based media. The representations of flora are highly observed, in contrast to the surrounding areas which are more intuitive and atmospheric, and are often inspired by weather conditions or colour combinations I notice while out painting.
Ian Rankin, author
Lister Hospital, Chelsea Bridge Road, London