Simon Dorrell was born into a farming family from Bewdley in Worcestershire in 1961. He attended Hereford College of Art, later graduating from Maidstone College of Art in 1984. He first exhibited in London in 1982 and since then has staged one- man exhibitions in New York, Zurich, London and the provinces. He exhibited, annually, at The Silk Top Hat Gallery in Ludlow from 1986 until 2016. He has exhibited at Glyndebourne Opera, annually, since 1998, showing alongside David Hockney and Mary Fedden. He is a member of The Arborealists, whose next exhibition opens at The National Memorial Arboretum in December. Also a designer of buildings, gardens and landscapes, Simon divides his time between St.Dogmael’s and Stapleton, near Presteigne in Powys, where his internationally acclaimed garden, Bryan’s Ground, has been listed as one of the ten best contemporary gardens in Britain. It is open regularly to the public (www.bryansground.co.uk). Since 1988 he has been art editor and principal illustrator of the cult garden journal, Hortus (www.hortus.co.uk).