Over the Christmas break, I have been doing some sorting and came across a really old sketch book. Sketch books and notebooks always bring back lovely memories. I’m looking forward to filling more pages this year. Happy new year!
In recent years I have developed a fascination for botanic art and the many very talented exponents of this technique. I have learned lots from day classes and books and spent many “happy” hours absorbed in trying to capture the details of leaves and flowers. I’m a total addict, although I confess, I more often use what I have learned in my fossil reconstructions than painting flowers!
I have been lucky enough to go caving with some lovely people and have visited many amazing caves around the world. Whilst caves are often a challenging place for making art, taking some time to sit quietly and sketch rewards by revealing grandeur and exquisite detail, in equal measure.
These images of Carboniferous plants were used as part of a pamphlet which I wrote for the South Wales Geologists’ Association. These were used at events to help children understand fossils that they find at out-reach events organised by the group
Ive been very lucky to have had the chance to travel as part of my work. Recently, this has included Singapore where I studied igneous rocks. An island between Singapore and Pulau Ubin – Pulau Sekudu made quite an impression on me with its pinkish granites and amazing shapes, sculpted by the tropical climate.