I am an artist, writer and creative educator living in Hastings, England.
I work in many areas such as printmaking, small scale book publishing, poetry, storytelling, songwriting and education.
If you’re interested in my own artwork please use the menu to explore my little online gallery.
If you’re interested in my educational work please click here
I self publish my visual books as The Pearbox Press. My first Pearbox books ‘The Storm Tree Stories’ were published in 2006. Books in the series such as The Shell Collector take childhood rural holidays as a starting point but mix dream and reality freely. More recently my writing has focussed on children’s poems. The books are a labour of love; an attempt to make enchanting visual poetry for both adults and children. I love to perform my stories and poems.
I like getting my hands dirty printmaking and make my own handmade prints, using techniques such as woodblocks, lino and mono printing. My books and prints are available at various galleries and shops in the UK such as The Towner, The De La Warr Pavilion and The Yorkshire Sculpture Park.
I am an experienced Artist-Educator in schools, colleges, galleries and museums. This practice is inseparable from my own artwork- I’m constantly inspired by working with people and the techniques and ideas in my personal work are the basis of my educational practice.
As well as my ‘Pearbox Books’ I write and illustrate commercial work for children and have had 5 books published by Walker Books. My Favourite of these, ‘Francis The Scaredy Cat’ was read out on the BBC, and got very good reviews. Others include ‘Mr Trim and miss Jumble’ and ‘Scoot on Top of the World’. I illustrate for children in all kinds of contexts; for museums, theatre and magazines. I often write and edit alongside illustrating for collaborative publishing projects such as for my community books.
I completed a degree in printmaking (Hull) and an MA in illustration (St Martins, London).
My songwriting always flows on alongside my visual work.
Please get in touch if you would like to know more!