I discovered very early on that a pencil and a piece of paper could become the magical keys to a whole world of wonder. I've been painting and drawing for as long as I can remember – in fact, one of my earliest memories, from perhaps the age of around three, is of drawing a ballet dancer. She was wearing a tutu with endless layers of tulle, and I spent ages drawing in the faces of the audience watching her.
To this day, I always keep a pen and a sketchbook to hand. They are my talismans.
I sometimes feel that the characters who emerge in my paintings, hang around and pester me until I have rendered them in ink, paint or graphite. I couldn't really tell you where they come from, but I take inspiration from all kinds of places – for example, haute couture, street style, music, film, theatre, dance, architecture or nature. Sometimes I'll spot someone in a cafe, through a window or across the street, and I feel compelled to try and capture whatever it was that sparked my attention. It could be something about their energy, or the way they walk, or the way they are daydreaming.
My work has been collected all over the world, and I've had exhibitions in Manhattan New York, London, Zurich, Marbella, Berlin, Antwerp and Santa Barbara, California. It's been featured in two books, Imagemakers and The Big Book of Fashion Illustration, both published by Mitchell Beazley. Recent commissions include a ten-piece mural in central Brighton, UK.
I graduated from London’s Central Saint Martin’s College of Art with a degree in theatre design, and I then spent time living in both Berlin and New York City before moving to Sussex, UK, where I am currently based.
I work from a studio that overlooks a castle, and has a kitchen well-stocked with hot-chocolate.
If you have any queries, questions or quantum theories, feel free to get in touch.