From a young age I’ve been fascinated by art and design and its history and development to the present day. I enjoyed exploring the history of French Art when studying at Durham University and gained a distinction in Illustrating Children’s Books from London Art College. More recently I’ve been influenced by a period working for Apple, as a ‘Creative’, and as a result, have enjoyed incorporating more digital techniques into my illustration.
I am based in rural North Yorkshire, where I combine work as an artist and illustrator with teaching. I draw and paint a variety of subjects and offer a range of art workshops for both children and adults.
I particularly enjoy drawing and painting animals and, as a child, was first inspired to pick up a paintbrush by my love of horses. I’ve exhibited paintings at the National Exhibition of Wildlife Art, with the Society of Equestrian Artists and with the UK Coloured Pencil Society, as well as more locally in North Yorkshire. My coloured pencil work has won awards in international exhibitions.
I carry out a small number of portrait commissions each year. When I paint or draw a portrait, I aim to capture the personality of my subject, as well as making an accurate representation of them.
For illustration, I love to use my sketchbook drawings and knowledge of animals to create lively, fun characters that entertain and amuse.
Whatever the remit, I aim to produce work of the highest quality that makes an emotional connection with the viewer and draws them into a storyline.