Hello, I’m Ali — geographer, artist and founder of Boggy Doodles.
I grew up in the Chilterns, surrounded by bluebell woods. At school I loved art but was also very academic. Inevitably I was encouraged to choose the academic path. I studied geography at Christ Church, Oxford, where I also completed a masters in geochronology. I later completed a PhD at the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, looking at the role of nature conservation in mitigating climate change. During my research, I developed a love and fascination of moorlands and ‘boggy’ environments.
Climate Change and Nature Conservation
As a researcher, policy advisor and scientific editor, I worked and collaborated with a wide range of organisations — The Woodland Trust, Natural England, Scottish Natural Heritage, Countryside Council for Wales, RSPB, Forestry Commission, Elsevier Science, European Environment Agency, Anglian Water, IMD Business School, IUCN and the United Nations Environment Programme — all interesting and rewarding work (especially the day I met David Attenborough!).
Ali Foxon Art
During my thirties, I got married and spent five years living in Switzerland. I became a mum and rediscovered my childhood love of art by sketching while my baby napped. Soon the sketching led to painting, which in turn led to a flourishing little art business, designing cards for the National Trust and selling my nature-inspired artwork locally and internationally. See Ali Foxon Art for more details.
Boggy Doodles bridges my love of sketching outdoors with my background in environmental science. I love helping people discover the multiple benefits of Green Sketching. Don’t hesitate to get in touch if you would like to find out more.