I am a professional artist living in Lancaster in the UK. My practice is influenced by vintage botanical and ornithological illustrations of John James Audubon, the detailed renderings of Ernst Haeckel and by the decorative designs of Alphonse Mucha and William Morris. I draw inspiration from the natural world. Contemporary artists I admire include the power house of talent, Dave McKean and the incredible Lauren Marx.
I feel very honoured to have won several national and international awards including the Adobe Illustration Award, the Transworld Bookart prize and the Red Eye Capture Manchester prize. I feel proud that my work has considered good enough to have been published and commissioned by leading publishers and renowned clients (inc. Penguin Books, the Decca Record Company, Amnesty International, Transworld, Hodder, Harper Collins, Bridgewater, Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust WWT) as illustrations, book covers, CD covers and bespoke scarf designs.
I have written for art magazines and books and hired as a consultant for the BBC Arts project.
I have fulfilled commissions for large interactive illuminated installations for Light Up Lancaster and the Arts Council, created interactive murals for music festivals, events companies and wedding venues across the country.
My illustrations have been published extensively in the UK ranking me as the 3rd most published UK illustrator (per illustration) of the last decade, topped only by Roger Hargreaves of the Mr Men books and illustrator Mary GrandPré of the Harry Potter series by JR Rowling.
My designs begin with a combination of pen and ink line drawings coloured with water colours washes. With the meticulous use of a drawing tablet, fine brush details are added. Each piece is completed by digitally combining the hand rendered elements with layered fragments of digital photography and collage.It is nature that is THE great artist. All I attempt to do is capturing a snap shot of the beauty that is already there.Mother nature is truly amazing, the more study, the more in awe I am.I rejoice and truly feel a buzz that my artistic creations and the natural world have a symbiotic relationship - she inspires me and the artwork aids conservation.There are weeks involved just in researching, observing and trialling compositions before the final piece begins. Fortunately all involving spending more time with my muse, nature.