As a child I spent most of my time in the countryside around my home in the north of England - birdwatching, observing the abundant wildlife, and collecting.
I was a collector from very early on - bird's eggs, butterflies (both now if not strictly illegal, very much discouraged), bones, and rocks - I had a good collection of fossils.
I even turned the old wash-house into a small museum, with animal and bird skulls and skeletons, fossils, collections of butterflies, moths, beetles, birds' eggs, and even an embryo pig!
I was always an artist. Always drawing, sketching, usually wildlife, dinosaurs (every kids favourite - and still one of mine), and fantasy figures - the imagined denizens of the woods and fields I frequented. We even had a wood with caves in it!
Using airbrush - a fine spray of colour onto illustration board - I get a basic tonal value, then work over the top with aquarel pencils for the fine detail. The inks I use in the airbrush are transparent so I actually mix the colours on the board as I go.
I now reside in New Zealand where I have worked in graphic design; textile, carpet & wallpaper design; book & medical illustration; and I am an exhibiting artist.