Q: You live and work in Bristol but where are you originally from?
I’m originally from Winchester, but I moved away when fairly young, growing up in Weymouth on the South coast.
Q: You trained as an illustrator, what made you move into fine art?
I wanted more freedom, and wasn’t very good at being told what todo!Q: What is the inspiration for your work?
Nature, decay, the beautiful things that generally go unnoticed.Q: You often depict insects and birds in your artwork, what attracts you the most about this subject matter?
I have always been excited and intrigued by insects from as early as I can remember; in fact my first pet was a woodlouse! Beetles in particular come in so many different forms and colours, and are simply fascinating. I am also interested in their place in the world; recycling nature; creating life from death. Birds to me represent freedom, and the fragility of life.Q: How would you describe your work?
Expressive yet delicate.
Q: What methods and tools do you use the most in creating your artwork?
I use a lot of mixed media; old wallpapers, cracking layers of paint, rubbing away, scratching into. I am interested in old walls and surfaces that display the changes of time, and try to represent this.Q: What mediums do you work in and why?
I tend to paint mainly in acrylics, they are very versatile, especially when mixed with other types of mediums. I feel I understand how they work but can still discover new ways of producing interesting effects. I know some people can be a bit snobby if a painting isn’t created using oils, as acrylics haven’t yet done the test of time, but I quite like that, and you can get some real quality stuff these days.Q: Are there any other mediums you would like to explore?
Always, but it’s having the time to explore them that is difficult. When I feel I have learnt all I can from acrylics I’ll give myself the oil or watercolour challenge.
Q: What made you choose book covers as a canvas?
They suit my subject matter well; the story of existence; like the life cycle of a beetle or a moth, natures continual loop; changing forms orpurpose. They also create a good surface for painting on!Q: What are you working on at the moment?
I’ve been experimenting with my backgrounds, working from photos Itook in Mexico last year of various walls; inspired by the textures, colours and covering up of graffiti.Q: Can you tell us a bit about your working space?
I am based at Jamaica Street studios which is a real hub of activity and full of some fun and inspiration people. My space is tucked away up a ladder on a small mezzanine which is full of character but lacking space when wanting to spread out and paint big!
Q: What or who are your main influences in your work/life?
Subject-wise, everything around me is of influence. However, as anartist, as cheesy as it may sound, I really wouldn’t be able to carry on without the support of my friends and family.Q: If not art then what would you have done?
A science definitely, something anatomically based, most likely Human or Animal Biology/ Zoology,or the study of insects, perhaps Entomology? I’d love to learn more about all that, maybe one day I still will, I hope so.
Q: What does a normal working day look like for you?
A sore back bent over a painting! Once in my studio space I tend to get into a bit of a zone and before I know it, hours have passed. Sometimesit is difficult to break out of (until I am forced to go to the loo, or I’moffered a coffee break).Q: What do you do to relax?
I like to get out of the City; it’s not far to the coast, countryside, hills or woodlands. Walking, mountain biking, or justsitting and looking; It’s important for me to get some space and fresh air every now and again.
Q: Are you a sweet or savory person?
Sweet, without a doubt, I couldn’t survive without my regular sugar intake!