I am from the U.K, and have been living in Australia for a little over a year now. After spending a few years working in London, I left to travel. I went through South America and flew to Melbourne after my boyfriend took a job here. For the past year have been getting back into illustration. I now spend half of my time working from a studio space, and half my time at a casual job.
Gouache mainly. Sometimes acrylics, inks, and I also work digitally when necessary.
It’s been a big year of learning and exploring. I have rediscovered what it is I love to do, I hadn’t thought it was possible for me to take this path, but as circumstances played out I had time to consider it again. Now that I am here I feel very fortunate and determined to keep going. It’s been an interesting journey! I am inspired by cultures, colours, people, I love exploring the world and making sense of it through my work.
Wherever possible I like to paint from scratch with little planning before hand. I use photos and old sketchbooks as references. For commercial work I will produce roughs, usually digital roughs.
I don’t enjoy too much computer time. I’ll paint everyday, which usually inspires the next piece. Get outside and talking to people is a big one! Everyone has a weird story to tell. Exercise, I’m more productive and focussed after. I’ll get out of the city as often as possible too.
I did a series of interior paintings based on places I visited during my travels. It was simply an outlet to practice painting and document some memories. Through it my skills and eye improved, my colours developed. It was a bit of a turning point. They are not necessarily my favourite works, but it taught me the most and propelled me forward.
Moving to Melbourne was a huge one. When I first arrived a did some office temp work and hated it. I had to find something else to pay the bills pretty quickly and took a casual job that I stumbled on. The position was pretty rare in that they needed somebody with their own work to do, who could do it from their showroom and keep themselves busy during quiet weekdays. I am still there a year on. It’s a great set up that has allowed me time and money to focus on illustration. I’m so grateful for that!
I love old Asian and Middle Eastern artworks. David Hockney is one of my faves. The Indian artist Bhupen Kharkar, Japanese illustrator Miroco Machiko, British illustrator and ceramicist Laura Carlin. I love everything Molly Martin does too, another British illustrator. It’s a bit of a mixed bag, I pull inspiration from all over.
It’s a hot topic in recent times but there’s lots of amazing female creatives changing things up and expressing themselves freely. There are all sorts platforms popping up which focus on supporting women and celebrating their creativity, which makes it an exciting time to be a female creative. However I can’t say it’s something that has personally affected me or my work.
When I’m absorbed in whatever it is I’m working on. When you enter that place when you are concentrating and pushing yourself, but confident in what you are doing and unaware of the world around you. Im happy when I’m out exploring and walking and eating and experiencing somewhere new. Friends and family of course. I’m heading home next month for some much missed time with my favourite people.
Work hard, be nice to people. Age old words of wisdom. Don’t wait around for someone to discover you. Be patient if it’s really important to you. Mostly practice and having an awareness of your skills and direction. Don’t worry about what everyone is doing, or what they may think.
I have been quietly working away on a children’s book for a little while now with a U.K author, that’s been an amazing learning curve. I am also working on a project in collaboration with a photographer at the moment. That one I am excited to share in the near future, it’s been really fun. I am heading to India later this year, I have all kinds of ideas for projects around that!