I have been drawing on and off all my life but after studying at Bradford and Reading art colleges and working as a freelance illustrator I got sidetracked and had various jobs before spending six happy years running my own plant nursery. Inspired by the plants I was growing I began drawing again and have poured my passion into Umbellifer’s botanical greetings cards and limited edition prints.
All my work starts as a drawing, often from life in my plant-packed North Yorkshire garden. Once I have completed a design I scan the drawing into my computer and work on colour and texture. The finished work is printed locally, and all my products are packed and posted out from my home in Skipton. This means that every purchase you make from Umbellifer helps support several small businesses – from the Skipton stationery shop where I buy my art materials to the printers and my local post office!
Umbellifer cards are printed on FSC-certified board which has been carbon offset using the Woodland Trusts Woodland Carbon scheme and I use recycled envelopes and biodegradable cello wrap where possible – cards can be supplied loose if you wish to be really eco-friendly! All cards are blank inside but come with an appropriate quote or piece of poetry on the reverse which I really enjoy researching.
My limited edition giclee prints are printed on 150gsm watercolour paper and are supplied rolled and ready for framing.