The energy and buzz of a city is something that always excites me! I like to capture this by working fast and spontaneously. I have no set rules when painting city scenes and use a combination of watercolours, inks, pastel pencil and collage. Each place requires a different approach! I usually start with an ink wash and build up from there.
I like to use ink to capture the movement and texture of animals then add detail with coloured pencil and pastel pencil. Dogs are my favourite as they have such HUGE personalities!
My love of travel has sparked my interest in boats. Where ever you are in the world boats change and reflect the country and its people. From the rusty trawlers we have in the uk, to beautiful house boats in Amsterdam.
I regularly work on location and like to incorporate shards of peeled paint and collage paper I find into the illustrations to give authentic texture and colour. I then tinker around digitally to enhance areas or add characters.
Markets are so different all around the world. From the variety of colourful food, to the produce and goods sold. I love looking at the signage and colours that give each market its personality. I work on location with watercolours than add collage elements in the studio. Or use my initial observation work as starting points for more finished pieces.
Inspired by my love of markets i've developed a love for illustrating food. I use inks to paint the base shapes and colour, then use pastel pencil and collage to add details such as packaging and labels,
I am continually drawn to historical buildings. Especially those that seem forgotten. I think they have so many tales to tell. When I was studying at Cambridge I spent many hours walking in college gardens, admiring the different periods of architecture.