Ever since I learnt to hold a pencil I have had a love of drawing and painting that led all my relatives to buy me art related gifts at birthdays and Christmas for years to come – which was very much appreciated! This interest grew throughout my school years so that pursuing these skills was the only option that would satisfy me. At Art College my eyes were really opened to the possibilities of a career in art, and so I continued on to Swansea Metropolitan University and gained a First Class Degree in Illustration. Whilst in my third and final year at University I was delighted to be amongst 10 students from Welsh Universities selected to meet Prince Charles for ‘Tea at Highgrove’. We were chosen for being ‘outstanding achievers’ in our individual subject areas.
Although I never lost sight of my goal to be an illustrator, after University I found myself in need of a ‘pay the bills’ type of steady job. Graphic Design seemed the obvious area to go into and I am very pleased that I did as I learnt a lot – both in design and computer skills – and it led me towards digital art. Although I have always really enjoyed painting by hand, digital art seems to me to have more to offer, namely the speed of working, the flexible, experimental approach that it allows – and not having to wait for paint to dry! I do, however, use scanned in textures and samples of natural media regularly in my work. My inspiration is drawn from the natural world around me (I live in the picturesque Cotswolds), traditional and vintage art, and from the exciting world of fashion and contemporary art and design.
Happily, I am now self employed as an illustrator with Image Source as my agent. This working relationship has turned out brilliantly as the advice and support that they offer is invaluable, and their knowledge of the greetings card market second to none. I am also very pleased not to be on the ‘Sales’ side of things as I will be the first to admit that this is not my strong point, and it gives me more time to spend on my real work, which is constantly evolving and offering new challenges that make it all the more satisfying.