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4-17 July 2014

As a botanical and natural history artist I aim to represent the subject in an informative and accurate way; be it botanically or scientifically. I also want to capture the viewer’s attention and simultaneously present a visually pleasing image. I want them to be intrigued by the same detail, complexities and marvellous beauty of nature that attracts me to these subjects. In this exhibition, particularly with the larger works, I’ve tried to convey a sense of the majesty and wonder of nature by portraying the subject magnified several times. This breaks away from the “rules” of scientific illustration where subjects are predominantly represented at actual size. Another departure from the norm is that my chosen subjects are dried or in the process of decay. These pods, shells and casings are, or have been, the vehicles and protection for seeds on the path of regeneration. These discarded means of perpetuating life are renewed through analysis and the drawing process, once again filled with life and deserved appreciation. With total immersion and focus on my subjects, I have come to realise that for me, form is the greater art in nature and my use of a purely tonal medium such as graphite allows me to emphasise light, structure and texture without being distracted by colour, thereby enhancing the drama hidden in the architecture of these often overlooked natural forms.