Born in the cathedral city of Durham, I now live in the Scottish Borders, where the rural countryside provides plenty of inspiration for my illustrations and paintings. With a love for close observation of the natural world, it’s exciting forms, vivid colours and textures are hopefully reflected in my work. I use a range of media including watercolour, acrylic, pen and ink, and tonal pencil, but I’m open to any media that gives me the effects I’m after.
My photography is an important tool which helps supplement my work, from simple reference to more creative elements. My influences include medieval paintings, the Pre-Raphaelites and the decorative art movements, so it’s clear I enjoy line, colour and detail. I love the journey through a drawing or painting, from brief, to processes, to final result and use. Having taught my own art classes for ten years, I have recently drawn these to a close to make more time for my creative writing, which dovetails beautifully with painting.
My pen name is Lynne Fisher and I've recently published my first novel, entitled 'On Turtle Beach'. My love of nature as an artist and my interest in human nature as a writer blended together in the writing of this book in particular, set in a coastal fishing village in Turkey, where the caretta turtles there are protected.
Struggling artist, Lucy, and her successful sister, Rhea, make the bold decision to go on holiday together to Dalyan in Turkey, to try to heal their relationship and so fulfil their father’s dying wish. But despite their best efforts, the bereaved sisters soon realise that Lucy’s passionate nature and Rhea’s restraint means it’s difficult to find comfortable common ground. Lucy wants to bond, but Rhea would rather read her novel. When Lucy tries to get Rhea to talk about their childhood and why their relationship suddenly deteriorated, Rhea refuses to discuss it and Lucy becomes suspicious Rhea is hiding something.
Against the backdrop of the beautiful turtle beach, tensions soon escalate between them, while other characters help or hinder, and Lucy is finally forced to come up with a plan to get her sister to open up. She plots to get Rhea alone and stranded where there will be no escape. Can Lucy discover what family secrets her sister is hiding, the revealing of which could actually threaten to destroy them both?