I was bought a set of acrylic paints when I was 15 and gradually began to teach myself to make the most of this highly flexible medium. It has become my life's work. I turned professional on my 25th birthday and, 3 years later, received the first of my RSPB commissions for a set of Christmas cards. It was the ornithological seal-of-approval I had been looking for. I have since designed plates for Spode and Danbury Mint, as well as hundreds of greetings cards for various publishers worldwide. I have also illustrated 3 children's books. I now publish my own cards and prints including my distinctive 'Naughty by Nature' range. I have always worked on a very thick Bockingford watercolour paper, building up the image in layers from the smooth, wet-on-wet washes of the background to the fine details of the main subject. But recently I have also been painting more freely on canvas, with a controlled splattering of gesso, overpainted with knife, brush and extreme enthusiasm!