Born in Birmingham in 1943, Isobel trained in the Hotel and Catering Industry and following teacher qualifications later became a lecturer in catering subjects in Technical colleges in England and abroad.
Whilst running a Hotel Trades School on the Caribbean island of St. Lucia, she was inspired by the lush exotica and brilliant colours of the tropical flora and experimenting with watercolours for the first time, started to draw and paint indigenous plants. On returning to England in 1984 and previously having had no formal art training, she went on a Botanical Illustration course with Margaret Merrit and knew then that she wanted to concentrate on painting flowers.
She has sold work in the U.K. and abroad, and has been awarded medals on nine occasions from the Royal Horticultural Society. She has contributed to illustrations in the Royal Horticultural Societyʼs ” New Dictionary of Gardening ” and has work in the R.H.S. Lindley Library Collection. Her paintings are included in several publications including Dr. Shirley Sherwoodʼs book “A Passion for Plants – Contemporary Botanical Masterworks”, and has two paintings in Volume 1 of the Highgrove Florilegium”, an initiative of The Princeʼs Trust, which was published in 2008. She has also exhibited and worked closely with several specialist flower Societies. She has had several solo botanical exhibitions .
She has been a teacher in Further and Adult Education for over 35 years and taught Botanical Illustration since 1991. She has taught on residential courses in England and Scotland and set up many workshops in her local area of Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire.
In 2010 she founded” Iceni Botanical Artists” which now has 25 members and has two exhibitions a year. (Website www.icenibotanicalartists.co.uk)
In 2014 she was awarded an HLF grant in the “Breaking New Ground” programme to run I day painting workshops and feature local Breckland topics.
She greatly enjoys teaching and enthusiastically encourages her students to share her love of the plant world.