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, Fairy Art, Goddess Cards and Mermaid Messages.
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