My commissioned Sketchbooks are a unique visual record of a specific period of time and place, always drawn from direct observation.
Autumn Farewell This was commissioned in the last couple of months before the house and twelve acres of gardens and woodland were sold, as a document to remind the family of the many happy years spent planning and planting their garden.
Wepre Park Two sketchbooks were made as part of a residency at Wepre Park in Flintshire during springtime.
The coloured concertina style ‘map’ follows a meandering path through 160 acres of ancient woodland.
The second book records the plants that were just coming into flower drawn over a three week period of time.
Lady Bells The Lady Bells sketchbook displays a personal collection of objects. Collections hold a special fascination for me and often inform the subject matter for my larger paintings and prints.
Each project is individually priced according to the time required, location and format of the sketchbook.
To discuss the commissioning of a sketch book please email
Autumn Farewell sketchbook pages 21 & 22
Autumn Farewell sketchbook pages 25 & 26
Autumn Farewell sketchbook pages 49 & 50
Autumn Farewell sketchbook showing a section of the 70 page concertina book.
Wepre Park 70 page visual map
Wepre Park sketchbook pages 10 and 11
Wepre Park monochrome drawings of flowering plants found in the park
Wepre Park Nettle, Buttercup and Vetch
Lady Bells 36 page concertina book
Lady Bells Belgian brass bells
India and South East Asia
These images are based on some of the drawings in my sketch books from recent holidays in Vietnam, Thailand and India.
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Snake Bird (India)
Late Afternoon (India)
On the Backwaters
Elephant in the Room
Mouse House (Thailand)
Tunic and Skirt (Vietnam)
Collections and Commissions
Works have been purchased for several collections including:
Paintings in Hospitals (Wales) for loans to NHS hospitals
FCI Ltd (UK manufacturers of garments for the fashion industry) Savar, Dhaka
The Hilton Hotel Prague (commissioned by IndigoArt)
Wetherspoons (original artwork commissions, three outlets)
Manchester Adult Social Care’s Dignity in Care Campaign (‘it started with a daisy….’)
Pictures to Share (end papers and promotional literature for picture books for older people)
Edition of 20. Relief and Stencil Print.Hand printed from individually cut card printing plates
Edition of 6
The Village Pond
Edition of 12. 50 x 52cm
Artwork (oil based inks)
Oil based printmaking inks are applied to the picture surface using small rollers and hand cut stencils to define areas of the composition.
The colourful images combine an eye for detail with an imaginative interpretation, often making references to childhood memories of growing up in the countryside. Paintings are usually produced as a series of works, linked by ideas and subject matter.
Prices range from £150 to £1,500
For more information about purchasing or commissioning similar pictures to those shown here please email
More Fish in the Sea
The Woods are lovely, Dark and Deep
Flirty Fuchsia (sold)
Three Fish for Supper (sold)
Visual Diaries and Drawings
This is an ongoing personal archive project, documenting the daily ins and outs of family life in A4 sketch books, presented as visual diaries.
The first sketch book was started in 1999, as a way of marking the end of the 20th Century and the beginning of a new century. The motive was, and still is, to leave a personal document based on drawings and written observations of everyday life.
To date there are approximately 4000 drawings which include family, the growing of vegetables, unsuitable shoes, sweets, holidays, weddings, new born babies and food (lots of food!).
I am currently making entries in the 42nd volume.
Artist in Residence for the day in a Habitat store
Small Things. An identification list can be found on the News page
Residencies are an opportunity to make a unique and individual visual response to a place or an event during a fixed period of time.
Chester Zoo (fruit bats)
A two year (part-time) placement at Chester Zoo culminated in an exhibition called Scratching the Surface. The title made reference to printmaking techniques and the challenge of choosing what to concentrate on in such a fascinating environment. Funding and support was provided by Chester City Council, Chester Zoo and The Arts Council of England.
Spinning a Yarn - Silk Moth Lavae feeding on Mulberry
Documenting the lifecycle of a silk moth from ‘egg to thread’ took place on the dining room table. The silkworms were meticulously observed on their metamorphic process, in detailed drawings. The project was supported by The Arts Council of Wales with Lottery funding, and first shown in the Joseph Banks room at Chester Zoo.
Plas Newydd residency sketchbook
The Ladies of Llangollen (Eleanor Butler and Sarah Ponsonby) were well known for their diaries containing anecdotes and list of household expenses while residing in Plas Newydd in north Wales from 1780 – 1831. A Denbighshire Heritage Service grant enabled their observations to be interpreted in a contemporary visual diary for a month long residency.
Residency in South Africa
Ten days were spent camping in the grounds of an orphanage, near Johannesburg, South Africa where groups of young volunteers from the UK were building houses for the community. The project was recorded in a series of directly observed drawings of their physical and emotional experiences.
Funding was by donations and sponsorship.
Art in Nature Residency, Wepre Park
The ancient woodland of Wepre Park in Flintshire was explored and documented in sketch books and paintings as part of an arts project called Art in Nature, funded by Flintshire County Council and the Arts Council of Wales. This included a collaborative educational project with an artist- animator and several local primary schools.
Pupils in a small Welsh primary school investigated the history of their school to create a project to mark its 150 years of existence. Each pupil made a drawing on card which was taken back to the studio to be turned into printmaking plates for a permanent artwork for the school, printed with oil based inks onto 15 square panels.
Paid for by Cadwyn Clwyd Rural Development Agency and school funds.
Alongside my studio practice I plan and deliver educational projects in schools and community groups.
These include one-day taster sessions in printmaking for beginners of all ages through to extended residencies in schools and colleges.
Printmaking sessions in schools are designed and planned for specific age groups within the educational system.
Age-appropriate materials (water based inks) are used for younger students and professional art resources are provided for other participants, particularly when permanent displays of artwork are requested.
To see an example of a printmaking project designed for primary age pupils please visit