Where I have been a graphic designer for a decade, I've been an artist all my life. My art and design inform each other, but it is when making my art that I can be free to experiment and indulge my natural curiosity, push boundaries and experiment wildly. I rent an art studio at Sun Pier House in Chatham, where I draw, paint, print and sculpt. It is my playground; my escape from constraint.
As I create art it helps me to connect with the natural world that I feel isolated from through my indoor, sedentary, modern lifestyle. I feel a sense of belonging and peace when I’m making art. Giving my artist self permission to explore of course comes with its challenges, but as I get older, I am learning to be more free to make mistakes, and reap the rewards which lie in the process of mark making itself.
It is time for my art to emerge alongside my design work: I owe it to myself to take my art as seriously as my design.
I'm delighted to have been nominated a finalist in the Kent Creative Awards 2017 for my sculptures and diorama work based around fungi and themes of my own artistic rebirth and reconnection with nature. You can visit a gallery with related work here.