I was brought up in northwest England and moved to London to study art at Middlesex University. From there my career began in textile design; I was creating floral patterns for many major high street stores such as Top Shop, Dorothy Perkins and Debenhams. I began as an illustrator, by accident rather than design, when multiple retailer Boots licensed some of my floral designs for use on gift-wrap. After a couple of years I found that I had moved out of the fashion industry and become a full time illustrator, mostly for greetings cards and wrap.
I really enjoyed the freedom of working on a much wider subject matter, I still do floral designs from time to time but now I am probably best known for cat, dog and Christmas images.
I originally had two dogs, Rosie a fox terrier and Florence a cocker spaniel, which frequently appeared in my work, they were really quite famous and have featured on Christmas cards, mugs, tea towels, tapestry kits and even framed art. I now have a black cat called Rudolph who just arrived at our door one Christmas eve and moved in, he also features in my work.
I like to experiment with new styles and mediums all the time; I think that the secret of remaining commercial is the ability to move on to new ideas. I work in both a traditional way with washy watercolours and detailed acrylics and also in a graphic style with my Apple Mac using both Illustrator and Photoshop programmes. I’m occasionally asked if I represent many artists and I have to reply that no, I’m just a bit schizophrenic when it comes to styles. Variety is the spice of life they say!
I now live in rural Suffolk, 120 miles from London. I work from my studio at home and look out onto beautiful views over the countryside.