I am a contemporary figurative artist, inspired by how influences such as change, chance, fate and beliefs can shape our identities and our futures. I love drawing from the human figure (a passion that first developed while doing my degree at Glasgow School of Art). My works are mostly paintings, drawings and mixed media. I was selected for the C-Art Artist of the Year exhibition at Rheged, Penrith in 2015 and 2016.
Recent works have focused on meditation and achieving a state of mindful calm – letting the mind go to a quieter place and allowing life’s stresses and strains to take a back seat for a while. During a life drawing session it caught my attention that, when musicians play, they seem to enter an almost meditative state – they are so intent on the music they love, that all other thoughts drift away. These works explore that intensity, and the lyricism and movement of the musician’s playing.
I am also an illustrator and have recently created the illustrations for a fun children’s activity book – the Lake District Sticker Book. In February 2017, I was delighted the book won one of the first ever Beatrix Potter Awards. These were awarded by the National Trust to ‘celebrate local businesses that have a similar ethos to Beatrix Potter – demonstrating their passion for Cumbria, contributing to the area and its communities, and putting something back directly to support the Lake District’.
Illustrated maps are also a speciality – at the moment I am creating a map a month for BBC Countryfile Magazine.
In 2014 I was shortlisted for the Association of Illustrators Awards.