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1. What's your story? Where are you from?I grew up in the UK, where I lived in Shropshire before moving to beautiful Falmouth, Cornwall to study illustration. After graduating I visited Germany with a friend, when I decided that I would try and make a life in Berlin for a little while. I booked a one-way flight and have never looked back.
2. Tell us about your aesthetic.My illustrations combine imaginary places and characters, which take reference from places and people I see, with shape and colour.
3. What is your favourite medium and why?I really like the process of drawing out my ideas with a pencil - I try and do this as directly as possible so that my work doesn't become to refined by trying to sketch out the most accurate versions of things. I also really enjoy colouring my final illustrations digitally, as it is such a different process to the drawing, and has a really therapeutic quality to it, putting on music and playing with colours and textures is a pretty dreamy way to spend a day.
4. What is your artistic process like?As I mentioned before, I begin a project with lots of drawing, as this helps me to find an idea within the shapes that I put down on the page. I then experiment with composition and finally pick colours before creating the artwork.
5. Who and/or what inspires your work?The people around me, the places I visit and the things I see
6. What role does art play in your life? How does it change the way you view the world?I love seeing the different perspectives with which people see and choose to depict the world. Life and the world is so complex, and seeing an artists interpretation of a part of it helps you to understand how differently everyone sees it. It also allows me to show the way I see the world a little.
7. Where did you study?In Falmouth in the south of England. It was a perfect few years, in a lovely little art school by the sea.
8. Where do you see yourself in five years? Working in an agency?That's a tough question - if someone had asked me that five years ago, I would never have told them what I am doing now, but I wouldn't change what I'm doing for anything in this moment. I am excited to let life take some twists and turns and see what comes of it. I would really like to be making some books though, and maybe teaching a gym class or two.
9. What about in ten?I know this even less, I would love to have a five second glimpse into the future to help me answer that. But I hope I live somewhere exciting and I'm still making illustrations in some shape or form.
10. What do you hope to achieve with your art?I would like to help make a difference to something of a good cause somewhere down the line. I like that illustration is synonymous with journalism, and there is so many great articles being written. So I would love to continue to illustrate things which help get messages to people, however tiny or huge the message is.
11. Now, tell us a little more about you as a person: what is your favourite food?Oh there's so many! I am working on perfecting my scrambled eggs, so I'm eating a lot of those. And mexican food!
12. Favourite book?I like reading a lot of non-fiction, anything that gives me some good facts!
13. Favourite genre of music?Jazz, soul, afro-beaty stuff to work too, and right now Joni Mitchell.
14. What are your hobbies?I love doing sport, anything that gets me away from the desk. Hiking, exploring anywhere new
15. If you weren't an artist, what would you be?Well I still like to think that I would have had the patience to study enough science to become a marine biologist and live in Canada studying killer Whales. Alternatively I would be a fitness instructor. Or learn to cook really well and be a chef. But not in a restaurant. So I don't know how that would work out.
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