I have always been drawn to the mystical and ethereal. I create work to evoke hope in myself and others, to uplift and escape from the every day...
One of my earliest memories is of colouring in the alphabet letters in my first week of primary school and feeling completely contented!
I have never grown out of escaping to my 'colouring in', day dreaming and reading fairytales.
I received my first set of water colour paints at aged eight and fell in love with the fluidity and instinctual nature of the medium. I can never quite predict the way the pigment will behave and I think this has kept me striving to master it all these years, I still feel I have so much to learn.
I studied for my Ba(Hons) Illustration Degree at University College Falmouth, graduating in 2007.
I went on to work on book illustrations, art licensing and wedding stationery.
Some of my clients include: Papyrus Greetings, Seller Publishing, Milkwood Publishing, American Greetings, Lovelane ltd, Paperlink and Miles Kelly Publishing.
Outside of this commercial work, I kept exploring my own more conceptual and personal ideas with sketching and watercolour artwork inspired by narratives, music and nature.
In 2015 I began to sell my own artwork independently, in the form of prints and cards.
I was so thrilled and a little suprised that people wanted to buy my art. I created so many of my paintings from a need to raise my own spirits and to see that other people were uplifted by it too was the greatest feeling.
This spurred me on to sell at markets and fairs until the opportunity came up to open my own seasonal shop in Polperro in 2017.
I fell in love with the tiny space and being part of the community in Polperro during our busy tourist season.
I grew up in Cornwall, and have fond memories of camping near Polperro in the summer, so it felt like a fairytale to find a shop there.
I open my tiny shop in Polperro from Easter to October every year and spend the winter working on new pieces and selling online.