My artistic journey began in 2004 when I gained City & Guilds and BTEC certificates in Photography at Richmond College. I later re-trained in illustration and was awarded a Master of Arts in Sequential Design/Illustration from the University of Brighton in 2011.

 

My passion for boisterous lacy fashion, fancy hats, burlesque theatre, antique dolls, tattoo art, haunted mansions, vampires and cupcakes have always provided an abundance of inspiration for my work. I am fascinated by Pop Surrealism, the Steampunk revival and anything remotely Victorian.

 

Over the years my artwork has been highly influenced by the dark humour of Tim Burton, Edward Gorey, David Roberts and the visually stunning world of Mark Ryden, Nicoletta Ceccoli and Benjamin Lacombe.

 

I am a part-time freelance illustrator and have exhibited at the highly acclaimed Egg House, nominated for the Best Open House Award in 2009. Other venues include the Cactus Gallery, Starbucks Artist Wall and the UB Visual Arts Graduate Show 2011.

I love to scour vintage markets and rescue second-hand books and treasures that can be given a new breath of life, write articles for Vintage magazines and indulge in decadent patisserie and Rose Saint-Honore’s.

 

I am one of the resident artists at the Naughty Pirates Gallery on Brighton seafront, and a regular at Waterstones, where I spend most of my weekends sipping tea with a Baron and creating unique and quirky characters.

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University of Brighton - Faculty of Arts and Architecture

Master of Arts in Sequential Design/Illustration

ILLUSTRATION Level 2 - Narrative Illustration

ILLUSTRATION Level 3 - Picture Books for Children

ILLUSTRATION Level 1 - Illustration Working methods

DRAWING Level 3 - Observation & Location

Phoenix Gallery Brighton

ILLUSTRATION Taster for Artists

Varndean College Brighton

DRAWING & PAINTING - Level 2

Evolution Art Centre Brighton

DRAWING skills - Level 1

Lambeth College London

BTEC PHOTOGRAPHY Level 3 - certificate

Richmond Adult and Community College

City & Guilds PHOTOGRAPHY Level 2 - certificate

Galleries & Shows

The Naughty Pirates Gallery - Brighton

The Riverside Pop up - Lewes

Friends Meeting House Craft Market - Brighton

St George's Church Craft Market - Brighton

Unitarian Church Christmas Fair - Brighton

 Make-Away Pop Up Project - Brighton

Cobbled Lane Gallery - Barnham

Starbucks Artist Wall - Brighton

UB Visual Arts Show - Brighton

Cactus Gallery - Brighton

Egg House Art - Brighton

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