Adding the finishing touch to a fine-line drawing of a tree, 2023

I am an artist and writer by trade.

My main practice is small-scale mixed-media drawings and collages that utilise colour and fine attention to detail. There’s no grand theory behind them, other than a wish to depict a slice of the everyday, family life, nature, architecture, fashion or storybook imagination with contemporary zing.

The artists I look to for inspiration are eclectic, and mainly British. They include Paula Rego, Errol LeCain, David Hockney, Walter Crane, Arthur Rackham, Peter Blake, Jon Adams, Caroline Cardus and Rachel Gadsden – but this is not an exhaustive list.

I aim to draw every morning before my children wake up, taking anywhere from 20 seconds to a hour. My tools of choice are often fineliners, Posca pens, and gel pens in a wide variety of colours; sometimes I use paper collage and acrylic as the mood takes me.

I tend to work to A6/A5/A4 scale on lightly textured papers such as Ingres or heavyweight watercolour paper. The feel of said paper enhances the joy I take in mark-making.

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