From the moment I painted my first flower in watercolour in 1980, I knew this would be a lifelong passion. Unusually, I immediately started working with botanists, teaching myself botanical illustration along the way, and have had works published in many scientific journals, including Curtis’s Botanical Magazine and Flowering Plants of South Africa. Along with three other artists, I started the Botanical Society of South Africa, to share information, and was the Western Cape Chairperson for many years. The move to painting larger artworks for exhibitions came with the inspiration of Dr. Shirley Sherwood, who has now bought many of my works and shown them in her gallery at Kew. I have had works shown around the world, including the Hunt Institute in the USA, and achieved gold medal status at the Kirstenbosch Biennale. Having works in the Highgrove Florilegium followed by the Transylvanian Florilegium had huge impact on my career. Teaching has taken me far too, having taught botanical art at the Universities of Cape Town (Summer school) and Stellenbosch (Hons. Illustration), in South Africa and in the United Kingdom at Hampton Court.