My work is highly influenced by history, mythology, fairy tales and the art nouveau period. I have always tried to create work that takes you away from everyday reality and allows the mind to create it's own story; a window into another world or glimpse into a dream.
Drawing is one of my earliest memories from childhood; I always remember having realms of computer paper (is that still a thing? I think I am showing my age now!) and a big tub of pens, then spending hours upon hours drawing. Nothing much has really changed apart from I have upgraded to fancy cartridge paper and I have an even bigger pot of pens!
My paintings and drawings are extremely detailed and steeped in symbolism which adds extra credence to the narrative of each piece. I spend a great deal of time researching the subject matter and finding the correct reference photos and imagery to work from. I like to immerse myself in the chosen topic/area, even to the point of visiting sites and museums abroad, in order to flood my subconscious with details that can leak out naturally into my art. I suppose it can be deemed as slightly obsessive (!) but it is a method that seems to work for me. Hence my vast library on art history and mythology. I am a complete book addict.
Due to the complexity of work, originals can take up to 6 months to complete. I usually work at A1 scale, using fine liner pens, which is then digitally scanned so that quality prints and posters can be created. Sometimes I add colour digitally in Photoshop and I have had designs laser engraved onto wood. The finished original drawing is sometimes just the beginning of another piece.
I currently work from my studio at the Art Room in Long Eaton, Nottingham. Here I create imaginary for both private and commercial clients and also work on my own more creative pieces of art.
I am a multidisciplinary artist, even though my preferred medium is pen. I can paint too and like to create and up-cycle 3D items (decorated with my own art). I am full of ideas and enjoy experimenting with techniques and technology to push my work and see how it evolves.
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