My Creative Background
I’ve been drawing and painting from further back than I can remember. My first commissions started to roll in whilst I was still in primary school. Thus, it was settled early on that I was going to be an artist of some kind or another. I tried a bit of everything but life seemed to push me in the direction of illustration.
I studied illustration and media design at Edinburgh College before heading to London 1995. After a few years of finding my feet, an opportunity presented itself and so I began my freelance career as a chalkboard artist for pubs and restaurants. Demand was high and before long I was travelling throughout the UK. Being a chalkboard artist was not my ultimate ambition but it was the start of a long and diverse career that lead to so much more.
My attitude was to be as fluid as possible as a freelancer. I was open to any project and sure enough, my diary filled up with anything from fairly unusual to truly bizarre. One day I’d be up step ladders painting a French vineyard right across the back bar of a nightclub, the next making a giant David Beckham head. I could be sitting at home designing posters then take off to Geneva to paint medieval pictures on the walls of ski accommodation. I just went wherever it took me.
In 2011 I joined forces with my husband in order to help grow his digital arts and animation company. I became responsible for all the illustration work, product branding and 3D character design. We moved to Edinburgh the following year and set up a motion capture animation studio and the business has be going from strength to strength ever since. As well as this I still offer illustration and art as a service and still manage to find the time to paint just for the hell of it.
Some Previous Projects
GOLDRUSH THE MUSICAL
Illustration and design of a musical show to be used in all their promotional material and website.
A series of illustrated portraits of inspirational people using chalk pens on wood for the website homepage.
An illustrated visualisation of proposed environmental development within a small coastal community.
A series of ‘Oktoberfest’ themed murals around a large German bar in Charing Cross.
RED SEA HOTELS
Illustrated aerial maps of nine holiday resorts for brochures which involved flying to Egypt to photograph the grounds for reference.
Fashion illustration for a flagship store in Reading through Caulder Moore agency.
WIMBLEDON GREYHOUND STADIUM
Wall murals of stock car racing and greyhounds.
Large hand painted rugby banners and drawings of all the operations staff for exhibitions at the NEC in Birmingham.
A mural with words and illustrations of food forming a wave across the wall.
Wedding stationary involving illustration and design for numerous clients.
A series of vector illustrations of dancers from all genres.
Goldrush the Musical
A Good Look Style and Colour Consultancy
Diversity and Ability
Ether Creative – Why Farming Matters in Kent
Caulder Moore – New Look
Birmingham Greyhound Stadium
Wimbledon Greyhound Stadium
23red Creative Agency
Mercarina Holistic Beauty Therapies
Abramelin Studios Ltd
Red Sea Hotels
Astound Design Agency – Airtours
World Telemedia Magazine
Atmosphere Bars and Clubs