In her own words....
"I’m a compulsive taker of cuttings, sower of seeds and maker of gardens. I used to earn my living as a medievalist and became interested in herbals and old books and encyclopaedias describing plants and their properties.
I also loved seeing how people imagined and depicted gardens in earlier civilisations, before perspective complicated things! Egyptian tomb-paintings, Persian garden rugs, the hortus conclusus of roman or medieval times….
Most of my work is quite time-consuming. I often make the paper for a piece before I even start painting. Colour is a predominating consideration in everything I do or make, and I use many combinations of paints, inks, dyes and pure pigment to build up intense colour. I also use recycled and found bits and pieces where I can."