At primary school, I whiled away the hours doodling - mostly animals - tigers, horses, dogs etc, but I also had a fetish for princesses with big hair and even bigger crinolines. When I grew up, I worked in media sales and doodled my way through business meetings.
I fulfilled a lifelong ambition when I was accepted onto the MA in Children's Book Illustration at Anglia Ruskin University. Finally, doodling was allowed! My final project won 3rd place in the Macmillan Prize, and I worked for a wide range of children's book publishers, both UK and American. Then a friend suggested I create some work for the wonderful charity, Sketch for Survival (https://explorersagainstextinction.co.uk/initiatives/sketch-for-survival/).
Suddenly, I just wanted to draw and paint living things in fiendish detail. I often use 22 carat gold leaf in my backgrounds or highlights. Daniel Smith Watercolours are my current crush. I love detail, so I indulge myself. I try and convey the personality of the animals and people I draw. My art heroes are Marriane North (Victorian Lady Painter/Explorer), illustrators Dr. Suess, Heath Robinson, Edmund Dulac, Kit Williams, victoriana generally
Some of my work is available as originals, price on application. I'm happy to discuss one-off commissions.
All my work is available as high quality prints in shortish runs of 50 on museum quality paper, photographed and printed by Atelier Sturgess in Wimbledon, UK.
I live in South London with my family and two scruffy terriers. Please feel free to get in touch!