1. What’s your story? Where are you from?
I’m from Norwich in the U.K but now live in Lincoln. I’ve always been creative and have always had some form of side project on the go, but I’ve fallen completely in love with illustration.
2. Tell us about your aesthetic.
My style is definitely still changing as I’m learning, but I’d say it’s quite minimal and calming – I love using neutral, earthy tones with bright pops of colour here and there. I’d like to think my work can spread a little happiness.
3. What is your favourite medium and why?
Most of my work is digital. I use an iPad Pro with Procreate which makes illustrating so simple and easy to do on the go. I love how I can dip in and out of projects with ease, and can literally work from anywhere – it also saves the mess that usually comes with painting, for me at least haha! I do really like the result that gouache can bring too so I’d love to dedicate more time to that.
4. What is your artistic process like?
I generally take note of ideas as they come, and from there I’ll do a rough sketch. Before I refine the lines and shapes, I try and figure out my colour palette, as I think that can really change a piece. From here I add colour, and then for my favourite part – detail!
5. Who and/or what inspires your work?
I get a lot of inspiration from other artists in the little creative corner of social media, it’s so nice to see the joy that it brings to both artists and audiences, and that’s a big form of motivation for me. I’m also heavily inspired by nature and my own surroundings, and also the places where I’d love to go and see.
6. What role does art play in your life? How does it change the way you view the world?
Art has really changed a lot for me. Over the past year, its shifted between an area of study, a hobby, and also a job. Being able to do what I love daily is just so amazing. It’s also made me look up – it seems really obvious to say but it’s so easy to forget to look around and appreciate the simple things so I’m so glad art has brought me back to that.
7. Where did you study?
I studied at the University of Lincoln. I did a media based degree and ended up specialising in design. I’ve studied design in some form since High School so to become graduate in this area is great!
8. Where do you see yourself in five years?
I’m never very good at these kind of questions, but in five years I’d love to be living and working abroad. My whole world basically lives in my iPad so I really want to make the most of that, and see the world – what could be a better source of inspiration than that!?
9. What about in ten?
Who knows… as long as I have a dog at that point, I’m happy.
10. What do you hope to achieve with your art?
To be able to make a full time living from illustration would be a dream. I’d love to say that I’ve spent my life doing what I love.
11. Now, tell us a little more about you as a person: what is your favourite food?
Hmmm… my favourite food has to be a roast dinner, that would 100% be my desert island meal.
12. Favourite book?
I love crime/thriller novels, anything by Nicci French is always a winner. I also love ‘The Boy, the Mole, the Fox, and the Horse’, by Charlie Mackesy – it’s such a beautiful book, the illustrations are incredible.
13. Favourite genre of music?
I’ll happily listen to anything, but indie pop and lofi hip hop are my first picks. I could also listen to Christmas songs all year round (criminal, i know!)
14. What are your hobbies?
Of course, drawing. I enjoy reading, running, looking after my plants, and playing board games – I’m a very old soul.
15. If you weren’t an artist, what would you be?
I’d definitely still be doing something creative, maybe something in marketing. I’d also love to work in a coffee shop/creative space, surrounded by plants and full of pieces created by independent businesses.