I am a pen and watercolour artist living in and inspired by Northumberland and the north east. Landscapes, townscapes and illustrated maps are my passion. From a pen drawing my pictures evolve into busy, layered compositions, sometimes with hand drawn labels. I see them as puzzles, often chopping them up and rearranging them until the elements fit together and I am happy. This can take some time! They reflect my love of detail and colour, and hopefully a sense of fun. Alnogside the fabulous landscapes and interesting towns of the north east, I find inspiration in the work of the Cornish naive painter Alfred Wallis, the intricate fairytale illustration of Arthur Rackham and the amazing patterns/stories in aboriginal art. Some originals are available and you can buy my work as giclee (fine art) prints. These are printed on Epson archival paper using the highest grade inks. All are signed and titled on the front, mounted in pale cream and wrapped in cellophane. Commissions include the illustrated visitor maps for Alnwick Garden and Alnwick Castle, and the new walking maps for National Trust Cragside.