b. Birmingham, England 1943
Isobel first trained in the hotel and catering industry. After qualifying as a teacher, she became a lecturer in catering subjects in technical colleges. Whilst running a Hotel School on the Caribbean island of St Lucia, she was inspired by the exotic colours of the tropical flora.
Previously having no formal training, she began experimenting with watercolours for the first time, painting indigenous plants. On returning to England in 1984 she took a course in Botanical Illustration with Margaret Merrit. She now teaches painting herself and has been awarded nine Royal Horticultural Society medals.
Isobel has contributed to illustrations in the Royal Horticultural Society’s New Dictionary of Gardening and has work in the Royal Horticultural Society’s Lindley Library. Her paintings are included in several publications including Dr Shirley Sherwood’s book A Passion for Plants: Contemporary Botanical Masterworks.