Originating in Cheshire north west England, I come from a family of artists both fine and commercial but turned my back on the idea of a solitary existence in a studio and chose to escape to London and Goldsmiths' College in 1972. I trained to be an art teacher, studying etching and print making under Trevor Allen then taught all ages in junior and secondary schools, adult vocational classes and trained Technical Illustrators at Ravensbourne Art School. Later I developed my skills as an illustrator, creating the artwork for packaging - Crabtree & Evelyn, Boots, Waitrose and Sainsbury's, for gardening, cookery and children's books with Mitchell Beazley, Dorling Kindersley, Readers' Digest, Pavilion and Octopus, and designed merchandise for The National Trust. Working with Anthony Huxley for the Royal Horticultural Society helped confirm my enthusiasm growing plants and for many years I designed gardens, from small courtyards with pots to 12 acre sites with swimming pool, tennis courts and orchard.
More recently I have been 'cleaning' old Ordnance Survey maps at such a scale people can find their London house south of the river. It takes me five weeks opening up or reducing lines on the map in Photoshop before it will print clearly on cotton.
I continue to create images and you can find my own cards, both fine art and photographic under the brand One of Fiona's.