I have always enjoyed painting and drawing and I am passionate about illustration, telling a story through pictures and drawing an audience in to a tale. During my previous career as a teacher, I often used my art in teaching to illustrate stories and poems with my classes.
My inspiration comes from a love of storytelling - which I studied at university as part of my degree. Please click here for my Storytelling channel on 'YouTube'. I adore books and poetry and my work is influenced by a wide variety of different authors and poets, primarily children's authors.
My style is typically using bright and bold colours to portray humanistic animals and characters (maybe from well-known tales) in humorous/fun pictures. I also enjoy sketching realistic pictures of pets and other animals.
I like to work in many different mediums including acrylic, watercolour, pen, ink and coloured pencils, I have also successfully created work to order using programs like 'Sketchbook Pro' on the computer.
I have experience at producing work for a range of clients from one off sketches for presents, canvases for gifts, children's book illustrations and greetings cards through to larger scale projects such as for the Brunel shopping centre in Swindon and multinational companies such as Castrol. I am very happy to take on commissions, whether private or commercial.
I live in the Wiltshire countryside with my young family, a constantly escaping rabbit, a very affectionate elderly cat (who is currently on my knee as I type this!) and a huge ginger cat that is the soppiest tiger around.