For as long as I can remember drawing and making things has been a big part of my life. At the age of 5 we were encouraged to copy Monet paintings at school; I was captivated by the lines, and textures that could be created by someone with a brush, amazed how they brought such life to a canvas. Imagining what artists could see that made their painting so magical was the start of my constant people watching and love of the detail within my surroundings.
I loved drawing and painting still life, landscapes and people; particularly taking inspiration from a family friend’s travel photographs. The most prominent that I remember was a photograph of an elderly gentleman, the wrinkles in his skin had me imagining all the things he has seen and experienced in his life; I spent hours drawing that picture, trying to get down on paper the image in my mind’s eye.
Making things was always a great love as well, I would help my dad build bird boxes for the garden, and we even went to an evening class where we designed and made a coffee table whilst I was at school, I am still proud of it now and have it in my living room!
People watching and capturing details from my surroundings is still a big part of my work. I like to document scenes and the interactions between people and their environment. Taking inspiration from the everyday and turning something so normal as an everyday scene into in an artwork is my version of those paintings I used to marvel at as a child. Spending time creating depth and life in a piece, using textures and shading, working on different surfaces and scales is always exciting.
Bringing the piece to life and explaining what you can see using lines and multiple techniques is great fun, the feeling you get once you see the outcome of all the planning and experimenting in the real thing is wonderful. I am passionate about my work with glass and very much like the processes and qualities that come with this medium. Anticipating the result whilst the glass is in the kiln and the ways to develop it at different stages and the thrill of developing new techniques and the sometimes unusual outcomes add to the charm of this material.