Hazel studied graphic design in the mid- 1970s. Hazelís interests have always included watercolour still-life painting, together with an interest in 18th-century landscape gardening.
This enduring love of painting, plants and gardening was the catalyst to her first experimenting with Botanical Art in 2003. A short course with Anne-Marie Evans firmly put Hazel in the right direction to complete an RHS submission, of 8 classic botanical plates portraying Phlox paniculata varieties.
The Royal Horticultural Society awarded Hazel a Gold Medal in 2005 for her collection of 12 Phlox paniculata, her first ever exhibition. Her botanical art has been purchased for permanent collection at the RHS Lindley Library, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney, and the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, as well as English and European private collectors.
Since 2010 Hazel has spent many years completing a personal project to draw and paint the most iconic plants from the inspirational Sissinghurst Castle Garden, Kent, owned and maintained by the National Trust.