It started with a New Year Resolution! - to do a drawing a day, every day, for a year.
I first did this in 2008, and in 2013 I did it again, and haven’t stopped since. The result of this is a heaving shelf of sketchbooks, the pages of which throw me right back to where I was when I drew that line. The sketchbooks are accidental diaries - remembering, celebrating and recounting the subtleties and intricacies of what took place in that moment and at that time.
My previous career was that of a Forest School leader. I have always had a passion for nature and how the seasons steadfastly set a pace that we have to adhere to. They keep us grounded and remind us that there are things we can’t rush - we have to wait for the blossom, just as we have to patiently wait for snow.
The interest in nature hasn’t waned, just evolved into appreciating it with pen and watercolour - documenting the changing seasons through seasonal studies and preserving that moment through an illustration. Those illustrations now make their way onto cards and products which I sell here on my website and in shops.
Celebrating moments and capturing them through the drawn line has been something that has evolved from the sketchbooks right though to helping others immortalise special moments, specifically by preserving wedding flowers through illustration. Capturing the freshness of a wedding bouquet forever by making it into bespoke artwork for the wall.
My daily drawings and observations while walking in the countryside near the studio inspire new artwork and product designs- sometimes straight botanical drawings and other times fun loving characters. I like to share my enthusiasm for drawing and lettering with others via workshops.
I have a studio / shop space in the picturesque village of Brampton Bryan (SY7 0DH) where I work from and also host workshops. Visitors are welcome but best to get in touch beforehand to make sure I’m there and not out and about with my sketchbook!