I am, at present, a Creative Minds Artist. I go into care homes and deliver art sessions to older adults and adults with learning disabilities. It's a job that keeps me on my toes but illustration is my passion. I love humour and clever ideas. A few years ago, I finished my M.A in Children's Book Illustration at Cambridge School of Art, a course which inspired me and which I think has changed me for the better as an artist and illustrator.
Twenty odd years ago I did a B.A in Graphic Design and Illustration at Staffordshire University and thoroughly enjoyed it. I also had some cartoons printed in publications such as 'Private Eye', 'The Weekly News' and 'The Cartoonist' when it existed. Somewhere in between these two events I put my dreams to one side to make money just to live and got a bit dragged down and caught up with every day life. It wasn't until my father and a dear cousin died within two weeks of each other that I started to think about what I was doing with my life and how I may be wasting valuable time.
My work has changed drastically since I did the masters degree, It's amazing to see the progress I've made. I want to experiment with print and get some life drawing experience and practise my colour work. I have so much I want to do! The top of the list though is to make this the way I earn my living. Being self employed with Creative Minds will hopefully give me the space and the artistic inspiration to be able to direct my life in the way I want to go. Helping other people always makes me feel happier but I also need that time to myself to do my own thing.