I’m the current Director of Communication and Development at World Land Trust and its been a interesting journey to get to this point.
At school I was most interested in the creative aspects of academia and I went on to study at Bournemouth and Poole College of Art and Design where I took two courses in Technical illustration.
My first steps into the real world was working for a company that created the engineering illustration for Ford and Perkins. I realised however much I loved the structure of something and the idea of illustrating the idea of a 3D object on a flat surface.
I was then asked to go work for a company in the world of packaging, producing the artwork for Uncle Ben’s, Dolmio and Suzi Wan globally. This lead to a love affair with print and packaging that then continued into my next role at Jeyes.
At Jeyes I created an in-house team that produced artwork, packaging and print for both branded and third party products. It was a varied role that also involved producing trend presentations for the large supermarkets like Waitrose, Sainsbury’s and Tesco, with an emphasis on colours, interiors, fashion and fragrance.
After 11 years at Jeyes I moved on to work at World Land Trust (WLT). In my role at WLT I have had the opportunity to visit some incredible places and meet some truly inspiring people. Whether they are conservationists, ambassadors, artists or authors or a mixture of all of this. Meeting the wildlife artist Bruce Pearson and Nicoal Davies sparked my interest for art again. Bruce did a residency at the WLT gallery and he told me just to start making marks again. This is what I did and then I realised how important creativity is to me and my own wellbeing.
In 2019 I attended the Society of Wildlife Artists, John Busby Seabird drawing course, which was a wonderful experience. I have a love of the natural world and I endeavour to capture this through my paintings, but I wanted to develop a freedom that hadn’t always been there. The course challenged me to look more and capture the movement and feeling of what I was seeing.
Please take a look around my website, there will prints, postcards and greetings card coming up in the very near future.