Tell us a little about yourself and what you do.
I’m illustrator/designer with a background in graphics design and fine art. My work is a combination of traditional and digital media with a refined neutral palette
Who (or what) inspires you to do what you love in your creative business?
I grew up in a creative household, my late father was a commercial photographer and my mother is a fine artist. They have both had an influence on my work. I integrate both of the love of photography and fine art into my work.
My work is definitely influenced by my design background. I find inspiration from the beauty of nature.
I also use Pinterest as a collection of ideas and inspirations.
What are the five words that people who know you would use to describe you?
Creative, Strong, Original, Passionate, Professional
Tell us about your very first job and what path have you taken since then?
My first freelance graphic design job was at Scarrs Printing. It has formed my passion for paper/print and a love of letterpress.
I start the day checking emails, social media and then work on new ideas and illustrations etc….
As an artist what is your biggest frustration?
Learning to keep inspiration and creative work going. Just before my spinal surgery I had to give up freelance graphic design business due to back pain. To stay sane! I started doing my own illustrations, that I now sell at local markets.
Tell us about how you prioritise your studio work?
I spend my days working around my health problems. Working from home so I can space my work through the day and into the night giving me flexibility to work around my back pain. I use goals, plans and lists to keep me on track.
Can you please tell us about how do you connect with other artists, and your customers (i.e. how do you network)?
I have joined a Creative Professional Group, who met on a monthly basis to network. I follow other artists I’m inspired by on social media. I also use my blog, facebook and local markets to connect with customers.
What advice can you offer other creative people who are just starting out and following their passions?
– Experiment with your work and don’t be afraid to change style, re-think concepts etc…
– Promote your artwork online…website, blog, facebook, Linkedin
– Network with other creative professionals,
– Keep your skills up to date.
What dreams do you still want to achieve or fulfil in your life?
I would love to start up a letterpress studio, to design and print my own range of boutique stationary.
Greeting cards, prints, invitations etc…
What is your proudest moment so far?
My biggest achievement so far is coming though spinal surgery and starting to sell my own illustrations and products.
Who do you most want to meet and why?
Saul Bass (1920-1996) His design work is timeless and so inspirational. I love his movie posters and logos
What is the most important lesson in life that you have learned?
Never give up on your dreams!
Never stop learning.
What book are you reading right now, and do you have a book you would like to recommend?
Typography Sketchbook By Steven Heller & Lita Talarico Thames & Hubson
It is a great reference book with lots of creative ideas.
Where do we find you and your products? (list stores & links, websites )