My formal training is not as an artist, but as a scientist, where I have spent many years looking at biology rather than painting it. Even so, I have always used art as an escape and over the years I have tried many different mediums. While my first love is pencil drawing I have become captivated with watercolours and the beautiful effects they produce, so much so that I have launched into a career as a professional artist. Although I paint a variety of subjects, I find I am drawn to wildlife painting, with a particular penchant for birds. Watercolours perform perfectly to capture the movement and fluidity of birds and I find the best paintings are those with the fewest brush strokes. Not every day lends itself to the looseness I aspire to paint with and at those times I turn to scratchboard. Scratchboard demands attention to detail and techniques that are the complete opposite to those I use in my painting. For me these two mediums speak to two different sides of my personality, which on the whole work harmoniously together.