I am a London based illustrator and arts educator, passionate about recording the world in all its lovely detail. Tom Waits apparently once said that the job of creativity is to provide decorations for the mind - a form of cerebral jewellery.
Whenever possible, I try to honour this idea in my work.
I specialise in Medical Art (blood, guts, gore and ink), running illustration workshops (high energy, Mary Poppins-esque, only more arty) , and drawing 'live visual minutes' of meetings (epic sized felt tip pens and rather a lot of large paper).
I am fascinated in the study of human anatomy in all its forms, and received a Diploma in 'Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology' (ITEC Level 4) in 2015. I am currently studying with the Medical Artist's Education Trust of Great Britain for my postgraduate in Medical Art. Training by surgeons and physicians is part of this highly professional course and has led to student membership with the Medical Artist's Association of Great Britain and the Institute of Medical Illustrators.
In addition to spending hours and hours drawing everything I can think of, I also work as an arts educator, inspiring other folks to spend hours and hours drawing everything they can think of.
I started illustrating whilst working as a Family Support worker at HMP Brixton - I doodled for the children on visits to see their fathers, and helped to run arts based family days for the men serving time. I have spent the last seven years working with museums, schools and cultural organisations both as an illustrator, writer and as an arts educator, delivering workshops to pupils ranging in ages from two to eighty two. These workshops have covered a diverse range of topics from ‘Medieval Illuminated Manuscripts’ (British Library), to ‘Sequential Illustration, Pop Up Designs and Character Development’ (House of Illustration) and 'Doodling Bugs' (Latitude Festival).
I was awarded Emerging Talent runner-up for Cheltenham Illustration Awards 2011 by Shaun Tan and won Creative Flair’s Illustration Award in 2012. I was selected to study at londonprintstudio's 'Best of Young British Comic Talent' 6 month scholarship scheme in 2011 - 2012 and was published in ‘Images 35: Best of British Contemporary Illustration’ annual that same year. Previous published books include 'The Moomin Adventure Book' (Self Made Hero) and 'The Illustrated Cooking Journal' (Cicada Books). My work is featured in 'Illustration: Meeting the Brief' published in 2014 by Bloomsbury.
My literary agent is Rocking Chair Books.
Here is a little video of my daughter, sprinting along to a Tom Rosenthal classic...