Many people are under the impression that science and art are separate phenomena, but the illustrated talk by Sue Purcell showed this not to be the case. Geological landforms, rocks and fossils have inspired artists for generations from Leonardo da Vinci ( and probably before) to the present day.

Throughout the talk Sue took us on a journey from her early days in art to the present and explained how she uses pencil, acrylic and soft pastels to achieve the desired outcome. The art was as varied as the geology. From the micro fossil thecae of a graptolite to the frieze of a slate floor.