MY DESIGN BACKGROUND
My love of design and creativity comes from growing up in a family of talented designers and being surrounded by beautiful textiles and creative conceptual artwork all my life.
After graduating from Art School in London in 1990 I specialised in high-end packaging design for over 15 years working for clients such as United Distillers (now Diageo), Crabtree & Evelyn, Highgrove (HRH Prince Charles), Fortnum & Mason’s and Marks & Spencers. The companies were Butcher & Gundersen, Peter Windett & Associates, M&S and Ian Logan Design.
During this time I developed a love for colour, typography, illustration and detailed artwork which I have now put to use with my new design venture as a mixed media/digital artist. My design background comes through in the way that I work, as I plan and multilayer each piece with a huge amount of intricate detail.
Taking a break from design, I spent an inspiring year travelling through Asia with my husband and after a 3-year stint freelancing and guest lecturing in Melbourne at RMIT, we returned home to the ‘alternative arty’ City of Brighton for the arrival of our twin boys. Then, ready for our next adventure, we moved to vibrant Shanghai, followed by Hong Kong, and now we are based in Singapore. My heart belongs to Asia as I continue to be inspired by the wonderful energy and vibrant colour that I see around me, both at home and on my travels through the region.
HOW I CREATE MY WORK
I create my artworks using my learned graphic design, illustration and photography skills and use all of my own imagery. I photograph buildings, objects, textiles, ribbons and curated vintage props from my own collections, add in a dash of illustration and pattern, and sometimes little vintage imagery.
Once I have collected all of the subject matter I need for a design, I then digitally combine all of these images into a highly detailed multi-layered finished artwork on my computer - which in turn is then printed onto canvas or etching paper. Some of my printed work on etching paper is also hand finished in gold and metallic inks using a tiny paintbrush and a lot of patience! - see my 'Chinoiserie in Aquamarine & Powder Blues' and my ‘Chinoiserie in Teal & Peacock Blue’.
I am so passionate about what I do and hope you enjoy my work as much as I enjoy creating it!