After graduating from the University of Derby with a 1st Class Honours Degree in Printed Textile Design in 2004, I have worked in the creative/commercial/educational sector in various roles. Over the last few years I have honed my skills back to their roots in illustration and art, revisiting and learning new techniques to further my ideas and to gain even more inspiration. In 2013 I won the Banks Mill Prize at the Derby City Open Art Exhibition with a study of a Barred owl asleep entitled 'Daydreamer'. Wildlife has always been a source of fascination for me, and birds in particular are a favourite. Part of the prize of the competition was free studio space at Banks Mill Studios in Derby. This allowed me to upscale my work and to delve into new areas in order to develop my own unique style of artwork. Detail is always the key in my pieces, either in conveying texture (fur or feathers etc) or in a symbolic way. After working as a wildlife artist for a couple of years, carrying on the residency at Banks Mill, I decided that my work needed to take a new direction. I have always had an interest in the golden age of illustration, Pre-Raphaelites and art nouveau; so, by using these eras in art history as my inspiration and combining them with my ornithological enthusiasm I hoped to create a personal style of art, wildlife themed but with a gothic and mystical edge. So far this has been successful, selling original pieces and prints. Clients seem to enjoy the narrative behind the work and like to get lost in the details that I cannot help to include. However my style evolves in the future I am sure that the amount of time taken to complete and high detail that my pieces are reknown for will never falter - I think it is called OCD!
I have prints and various products for sale online and on etsy and am also available for commission work. For further information please go to 'Contact', above.