Adele Grew up in Kent as the neighbour of Wildlife Illustrator, Ken Lilly. It was, perhaps, this early experience of wildlife art as something acceptable for an adult to be doing, that kept her stubbornly visiting Marwell Zoo to draw the animals despite the discomfort of her painting tutors at Winchester School of Art. After graduating, Adele remained in Winchester working variously in pub refurbishment, furniture painting and, in 1992, for the soon-to-be-opened Euro Disney. In 1999 she relocated to Northern Ireland and is currently based at Boom Studios in Bangor, Co Down.
Wildlife, specifically the discipline of drawing from life, remains central to Adele’s practice today. Observational drawing enables her to simplify species to a few simple shapes and colours when creating her paper art, gives her ideas for scenarios for her wildlife cartoon stories and challenges her to attempt to create a finished piece of work in the field.
Whether taking a telescope to the beach, or crawling through the undergrowth to find insects, Adele still insists on drawing Wildlife
Adele has received a number of awards, including bursaries for residencies at the Ballinglen Arts Centre and Tyrone Guthrie Centre. In 2018 she received a bursary from SWLA to attend the John Busby Seabird Drawing Course.
Adele became an Associate Member of the Society of Wildlife Artists in 2023. She is also a member of the Ulster Watercolour Society.