Born to an English father and Swedish mother, with a childhood spent in Brazil, I try to bring a personal perspective on the British countryside and forests in my work. I have always enjoyed exploring the rich and varied textures of trees and individual plants, often hinting at their symbolic value. I love the way some of these textures can be achieved in printmaking through the medium of collagraph which imparts an almost three dimensional quality to the work. Textures also play an important part in my paintings and are always the starting point for any painting, before any colour is added. More recently, my interest in photographing the details that catch my attention whilst out walking has led to many experimentations with solar plate etching, culminating in my ‘Wish’ series of prints, based on the humble dandelion, an unwanted weed to the keen gardener, but nevertheless a symbol of perseverance and hope. Wish was exhibited at the Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy, last year.