I'm a professionally trained artist, freelance illustrator and also work as an illustrator for HarperCollins. I have a BA (Hons) Degree in Fine Art and was awarded an MA place at the prestigious Slade School of Fine Art in London, which I had to give up due to life restraints at the time but which I will take up one day! I also did a National Diploma in Art & Design in addition to my a BA (Hons) in Fine Art.
I have extraordinarily refined visual acuity skills and am a highly skilled drawer, with excellent draftsmanship abilities.
I'm an illustrator, painter, traditional artist and writer hailing from the west country.
I have a passion for nature, landscapes and SFF.
So far I have illustrated 11 books for various authors and publishing houses and have recently been taken on as a HarperCollins illustrator, with two hand drawn fantasy maps due to be published by them in June 2017 for grimdark debuts, 'The Court of Broken Knives' by Anna Smith-Spark & 'Godblind' by Anna Stephens.
Current Residence: Earth
Print preference: Sharp and in-focus!
Favourite genre of music: Rock, motown, opera and classical...basically anything except country or rap!
Favourite photographer: Bruce Chatwin, Andy Goldsworthy, Richard Long among many others!
Favourite style of art: Traditional paintings/drawings, but like good post-modern conceptualism too and sci-fi/fantasy art!
Operating System: Human
Shell of choice: Silk or velvet
Wallpaper of choice: Nature
Skin of choice: Epidermis
Favourite cartoon character: Daffy Duck
Personal Quote: Life...it doesn't get any easier!
Favourite Visual Artist
Caravaggio, Artemesia Gentilleschi, Bacon, Nolde, Da Vinci, Kapoor, Spencer, Rothko, Gormley...
Star Wars, LOTR & anything by Bertolucci, Coppola, Scorcese, Nolan, De Palma, Hitchcock etc!!
Favourite TV Shows
Starsky & Hutch, Buffy, Smallville, Babylon 5, Battlestar Galactica (awesome new series, old was okay but nothing like as good), Sanctuary.
Favourite Bands / Musical Artists
Radiohead, Muse, Snow Patrol, Bowie, Dylan, early Coldplay, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Puccini...
Brave New World, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, LOTR, Hobbit, Heart of Darkness, Ciderhouse Rules, Catcher in the Rye, Riftwar Saga, Mort, Prince of Thorns, Vortex and many many more!
Blake, Auden, Keats, J.G. Ballard, Salinger, Conrad, Tolkien, John Irving, Lovecraft, Dickens etc
Favourite Gaming Platform
Tools of the Trade
My imagination and a pen, pencil, paintbrush, or SLR camera lens!
Writing, painting/drawing, photography, reading, archaeology, history, films, fantasy, sci-fi, astronomy