I have worked for 30 years in digital creative media, from designing and planning the pages of books and magazines, to digital illustrations and typography, to website design and development, and digital project management.
In 2011, I completed an MA in Creative Media Arts at London South Bank University. During the course of my study, it led me back towards the physical, material creativity I missed.
The initial research focus was on digital photography. I was particularly drawn to capturing the non-material self or spirit of a person through the lens. It led me along a complex and fascinating path, I discovered how through the ages other cultures had pursued this elusive dream.
I guess what I was trying to explore is that which we don’t want to reveal about ourselves.
Seeking something tangible to pull out of all this, I turned my focus towards diary keeping, how we record or ‘capture’ ourselves. What we present to the outside world, and that which we intend to hide, but is revealed. An embodiment of the self, identity through materiality.
Following this study, a spark entered me and I felt the urge to draw, paint, create. I began using art journals to start exploring and finding my own unknowns! I’m particularly drawn to faces, still in the hope of revealing a hidden secret.
I get very close to my work, in practice it’s a meditation. At the moment it’s a mix between my journal experiments and commissions for human and pet portraits. I’ve also recently begun experimenting with landscape styles and capturing the spirit of the scene.
I have a long way to go in digging deeper and finding my truth as an artist.