I’m an illustrator and designer from Liverpool. I currently work at a graphic design studio, Nonconform also based in Liverpool. When creating my work I try to experiment & incorporate many different mediums & processes. I use anything from a pencil to spray paint & I like to work on canvas, found objects, paper, wood, a computer and brick walls. I have many different sources of inspiration including: nature, calligraphy, astronomy, music, ballet, people, fashion & art nouveau.
Over the past few years I have collaborated with many artists & organisations including: LIPA, Open Eye Gallery, Barbara Daley Hair, Groundwork CLM, Hillyer McKeown, Oxford Lieder Festival, Third Millennium Publishing, F.Disruptors, Oasis-Fashion, Engage Liverpool, Novotel, Oxjam, Diesel, Wild in Art, Young Addaction, Everton FC, Shackleford Pianos Cheshire, Barnaby Festival and Manchester Camerata.
As a child I was inspired by illustrators such as Charlotte Voake and Quentin Blake, (who I still love today) the sketchy expressive style just captured my attention. I was given a book called ‘A Necklace Full of Raindrops’ by Jan Pienkowski & Joan Aiken, I would read it over and over and try to copy the illustrations. In my teens I became aware of the erotic and gothic illustrator Aubrey Beardsley. I fell for his beautiful & idiosyncratic line work.
My Astronomy passion also began when I was very little, I was (and still am) completely entranced by the Moon. My mum was also interested in Astronomy and encouraged me to read about it. She gave me a book by Heather Couper and old ‘Sky at Night’ books, which I think I still have. She also gave me her binoculars which she had owned a long time before she gave them to me. I have looked after them ever since she died, they are old and don’t work very well now, but they make a nice ornament. As a kid we spent a lot of time in Little Ormside in Cumbria. At night the sky was very dark, which meant we could stand and admire the stars without any interference from light pollution. It was so overwhelming! We would stand for ages in the pitch-black just gazing at the radiant silvery points in the sky.
I started to draw from around the age of 3, since then I don’t think I have gone a day without drawing on something, think I’d go mad if i didn’t.