Before commencing my role as botanical illustrator for the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney in 1995, I completed a Bachelor of Science (Environmental Biology) and a Graduate Diploma in Art (Plant and Wildlife Illustration). I primarily work with staff botanists to illustrate newly discovered or renamed plant species as well as documenting the flora of New South Wales.
These black and white scientific drawings, now produced digitally, are published in the Flora of NSW Online (PlantNet), the Flora of Australia, Telopea and other taxonomic journals. In addition, an annual task is co-curating, with Catherine Wardrop, the internationally renowned Margaret Flockton Award for excellence in scientific botanical illustration.
Teaching illustration has been an integral part of my career along with painting for exhibition. My work is held in collections around the world, including Kew Garden's Illustration Collection, The Alisa and Isaac M. Sutton Collection and the Florilegium at the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney. I have been the recipient of the Linnean Society of London’s ‘Jill Smythies Award’ (2005) and 1st and 2nd place in the Margaret Flockton Award in 2008 & 2004 respectively.