Rachel Haywood    scientist, writer, artist and singer  

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I was born in Bolton, Lancashire, my early years being spent living on a farm in the moors. After later moving to Ormskirk outside Liverpool, I left the Northwest to study Chemistry at York University, and then moved to London to follow a scientific research career. As a scientist researching skin cancer I worked at RAFT in Mount Vernon Hospital in Northwood for 15 years. 

I am creative in a number of fields as well as science; painting and ceramics, writing and singing. I continue to develop each of these interests and enjoy and am passionate about everything I do. As a self-taught artist, I paint watercolours of beautiful surroundings, usually on holiday, but more recently in the Eden Valley in Cumbria, where I now spend part of the year. I was inspired to illustrate and write my children’s books, following a suggestion by a friend when I posted pictures and comments about my Birman cats “George and Flora” on Facebook. The first book was inspired by George and Flora’s kittenhood in Middlesex; and the second when the 'family' partly relocated to Cumbria; driving up the M1 and discovering rural life and wildlife. The adventures of George and Flora are unashamedly anthropomorphic; the cats relate to the humans and communicate with other animals about their feelings and the problems they face.

Details, prices of books paintings and pottery, can be found on the Gallery pages of this site. I am happy to consider commissions. Though not all of the original works are for sale, Giclée prints and cards by Redcliffe Imaging of my paintings are available on request.