As a child, I was an avid collector. From matchboxes and sugar sachets to seashells and fossils, my love of collecting, organizing, classifying and displaying my eclectic collections quickly filled my childhood bedroom with scores of labelled shoeboxes.
I still have an acquisitive urge but it’s now more defined. Today I collect evocative objects, mostly natural history based, and I’m drawn to them for not only their aesthetic appeal but also for the part they play in helping us to understand the world in which we live.
My studio windowsill is a microcosm, home to treasures such as a shedded snakeskin, sea urchins and moth cocoons.
These objects inspire motifs or themes that become the starting point for generating new ideas and bodies of work.
Influenced by the way museums have traditionally classified, displayed and archived their objects, I enjoy exploring the structure and meaning we associate with collected artifacts.
This has led me to work in two and three dimensions, combining different media and techniques. I strive to explore the decorativeness of craft through the context of fine art. My highly crafted work is unique and hopefully excites and inspires people.
Art education and qualifications
2008-2011 BA (Hons) Fine Art. University of Lincoln.
2007-2008 BTEC Foundation Diploma in Art and Design, New College Stamford, Lincs.
2007-2008 City and Guilds (Level 2 ) Life Drawing. New College Stamford, Lincs.