After studying and gaining an HND in 2D Animation from the Bournemouth and Poole College of Art and Design (now the Arts University Bournemouth) and brief ‘brushes’ with Aardman Animation, Warner Bros and Disney, I realised that my passion for ‘creating’ lay in the character design, story telling and setting the scene (sadly, not in the moving image).
So, moving swiftly sideways and having the extraordinary opportunity to work from home, I doggedly pursued a career in freelance Illustration. Managing a gallery on a part-time basis, I illustrated in the remaining time, gaining and being recommended by clients such as Waterstones and J. Sainsburys.
This work (along with personal recommendations) led to a 1 day a week work placement in a Primary School in Milton Keynes as an Artist in Residence for 2 years. This amazing stroke of luck gave me the impetus, confidence and the finances, to finally ‘bite the bullet’ and freelance fulltime!
In doing so, I met and worked with many more companies and charities from Harper Collins to The MS Trust and many private clients.
I take great inspiration from ‘daily life’- revelling in the ‘small things’ and finding magic everywhere, especially in my garden and surrounding ‘wild’ environment. I love experimenting with different media- and can often be found sketching or dreaming in a field (if illustration deadlines permit!), with a trusty pencil or biro in hand!
I now juggle my illustration work, with making handmade and printed greetings cards (selling these UK wide) and taking workshops when I can, leading to a very fulfilled working life.