artist & illustrator
I have been drawing for as long as I remember.
As a child I made up stories through pictures, later on I remember taking up imaginative drawing when studying at university; I needed to be creative to balance the academic work. I haven’t been formally trained except for a part time Foundation in Art and Design that introduced me to painting, but it had nothing to do with illustration.
With the Brighton organisation, River Ocean, I drew a lot of pen and ink illustrations for leaflets, t-shirts, posters etc. I went on to do work for The Sussex Wildlife Trust and Siren Conservation including interpretation boards. However I longed to do more imaginative artwork and develop my use of colour.
My inspiration now comes from folktales (The Crow), myths and folklore, (The Long Man of Wilmington), mysteries, dreams, religious icons and ancient art and nature. Nature has always been important to me and I wish to work it into my imaginative pictures in ways that please me beyond the constraints of purely educational materials that I did in the past. I have recently enjoyed researching and drawing illustrations for a booklet on the mythology of water and moon goddesses and I’m currently working on some colour and black and white drawings for my own story book called The Memory Tree. I like using mixed media – pen and ink, watercolour pencil, collage and sometimes overlayering the images with atmospheric photos I have taken to give a dreamlike, mysterious quality to the illustration. I produce cards and prints from my artwork which are available in my folksy shop through Slippery Jacks website and in certain shops and galleries around the country.
Although, when it comes to art, I mainly do illustration, I also paint in acrylics on reclaimed wood inspired by religious icons. I also experiment with photography, video, dance and movement in nature. I consider myself very much an amateur artist but would love to work on larger projects. And it’s just good to be creating!