My work mainly falls into the category of botanical and bird illustration. I am inspired by the incredible variety of flora and fauna to be seen in my surrounding Cotswold countryside throughout the season as well as the delicate plumage and exotic colours of the birds both at home and abroad. I love to capture minute detail in watercolour, so that these wonderful examples of natural beauty, often overlooked in the rush of everyday life, may be shared by all.
I won many art competitions as a child but have only recently had the opportunity to pursue art professionally. After raising my family, I studied part-time for a Higher National Diploma in Graphic Design and Illustration, achieving a Distrinction and then continued to eventually graduate with a First Class Honours Degree in 2001.
My paintings can be seen in the annual Oxfordshire Artweeks Festival as well as other local galleries and exhibitions. I have also exhibited with the Society of Botanical Artists in London.
Take a look at my website: http://www.maureensparling.co.uk