I grew up in rural Herefordshire, with dreams of being a modern day Beatrix Potter. I’ve loved drawing since before I can remember; using it to explore my understanding of the world and other people, and to capture things that were important to me.
As a child, I had a fascination with what was seen and unseen; “real and pretend.” I’ve always appreciated life works on many different levels, so drawing from my mind, my dreams, and my imagination, were just as important as observing the natural world right in front of me. As my art developed, I found these levels merging to create a style that hopped between the lines of reality and fantasy. As an adult, I find the visual language so rewarding, in expressing both the look and feel of something – the surface and the soul.
My path into Illustration comes from my love of storytelling. If drawing was my tool for understanding, my two favourite subjects at school were English and History, both of which document the lives of people and their experiences.
I studied Design & Animation at University, obtaining a First Class Degree in 2008. Learning about the subtleties of how things move, and creating my own short films, added a new dimension to my art practice. In 2013 I completed an M.A in Creative Media, where I chose to specialise in Illustration, studying design processes in more depth, and creating work for other people.
I currently work freelance, from my base in beautiful North Wales. I take on all sorts of illustration projects and commissions, using my expressive, hand-drawn style; creating original designs & watercolours, or digitally enhanced via Photoshop. I also create personal art, which I share on Facebook, I sell on a range of merchandise on RedBubble, and have signed prints and originals for sale in my BigCartel Shop. I have a job in Retail, and in my spare time, I enjoy photography, reading, listening to music, watching films, fantasy RPGs, and vintage fashion.
Everything I absorb on a daily basis somehow works its way into my art!
I hope you enjoy my work & please get in touch if you would like to commission a piece or have any questions. Thanks for being a part of my journey! 🙂