I trained as an Illustrator at Harrow College of Art from 1979-83, specialising in Natural history in the final year of my Diploma in Illustration. From 1983-86 I attended the Royal College of Art, obtaining an MA in Natural History Illustration, and I was awarded the Hugh Dunn Award from the Worshipful Company of Painters & Stainers. While studying for my MA I worked for the National Trust and produced a series of paintings for their stand at the Chelsea Flower Show in 1985.

Since leaving the Royal College of Art I have worked for the London Zoo Design Unit and, as a freelance illustrator, I was commissioned by Dorling Kindersley Publishing to illustrate the National Trust's 'Nature Companion' book. I have also illustrated books and leaflets for Usborne Publishing, Collins, Courtier (cards), the Kent County Council, the Farming & Wildlife Advisory Group and conservation groups, for example Hickling Nature Reserve in Norfolk. I have also exhibited with the Society of Botanical Illustrators, receiving a Certificate of Botanical Merit and a Silver Gilt Medal.

Private commissions range from small natural history paintings to large scale murals. After a spell away from my career as an illustrator, to focus on bringing up my children after the death of my husband, zoo artist and illustrator David Boys, I have once again decided to return to the beauty and demanding detail of botanical painting.