My work explores the issue of diminishing biodiversity, the fact that organisms are functionally inseparable from the environment in which they live and questions sentimental Images of wildlife that serve to mask the  ‘State of Nature.’

Ephemeral outline drawings, suggesting presence of absence- are juxtaposed with fine detail oil painting that serve to illustrate the familiar we stand to lose. Falling feathers and seeds refer to the symbiotic characters of species.

I would like the paintings to encourage an audience to question their preparedness to engage with contemporary environmental issues.

Inspiration for the work has been Maria Sybilla Merian, Giacometti.

'Eco Engineer'
badger with elderflowers and moth
'Turning the soil'
'Hare with Adonis Blue'
'Hare with Buzzard feathers.'
'Fox, leaving'
'Fox with Ash seeds'
'Sleeping Fox'
'Caching Rook' work in progress
'Lark Ascending'
'Spotted Flycatcher'
'Lynx with pine needles'
'Pine Marten'

Corvids often store food in caches scattered throughout the landscape. “Scatter-hoarding” provides the birds access to food in times of need, and becomes seed dispersal when a bird fails to retrieve all its cached seeds. Corvids are quite picky; they avoid seeds that are spoiled by fungi or infested with insect larvae. Large proportions of pine or oak seed crops can be infested while still on the tree, but the birds mainly transport only viable seeds away.