Whilst at school I always wanted to be 'an artist'. Cue reality, and the fact I love food, wine and travel – I decided to set off on the path of Graphic Designer, eventually becoming an Art Director, working across some high profile brands. During this time, I literally didn't pick up a drawing pencil for over 20 years.
A few years ago, I left the publishing industry for good to fully commit to drawing again, and fulfilling my idealistic dream from the '80s! It was, still is, daunting!! That self-doubt creeps in at the most inopportune moments – something many creatives understand.
I work in a realism style, and love eyes – with each piece I undertake, I try to recreate that evocative emotion that an individual reveals in their eyes – I hope I do each one justice!
I work predominantly in a square or rectangular format, based on the medium-format photographic ratios of 6 x 6, or 6 x 9. This influence comes from my previous life as an Art Director working with polaroids (pre-digital!) – and my love for black and white photography, the emotion and textures it evokes and conveys has always fascinated me, hence working primarily in graphite and charcoal.
Having grown up on farms in England and Australia, I have always had a love for animals ... and also for travel, most often with a camera close to hand – it has become a perfect combination for helping me enable my dream: becoming an artist, focussing on wildlife and travel portraiture.
• Bachelor of Art Education.
Foundation year – Drawing and Photography.
College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales. 1990
• Bachelor of Graphic Design.
University of Canberra. 1991-1993
• Association of Animal Artists Member
Influences & inspiration...
Henri Cartier-Bresson, Dorothea Lange, Richard Avedon, Robert Doisneau, Bridget Riley, Kelvin Okafor, Nick Sider, Trevor Weekes, Vince Low; and finally, my incredibly patient Art Teachers at school – Mrs Best and Mrs Randall – thank you.