What did you want to be when you were a child?
When I was very young, I would draw and draw and draw! I didn’t know then that I wanted to be ‘an artist’. I just wanted to draw. During my early school years, I daydreamed about images in my head. I began to transform these ‘pictures’ into reality in my teens, then I was infatuated
I also liked playing schools and I was always the teacher. Sometimes I’d pretend I was a secretary. There was a type writer hanging around and I would type very important letters.
Did you study at school for art and design and how did you learn the skills you have today?
Art became central to my High School learning. I eagerly learnt many different skills and techniques: including painting, printmaking, ceramics, sculpture and drawing. I won the sculpture prize in Grade 10 (same as your GCSE) and subsequently the end of school Art Prize for Grade 12 (same as your A levels).
I went on to study Interior Design and continued on to a Bachelor degree in Visual Arts (with Honours) majoring in Printmaking and Drawing. It was wonderful. I was certainly in my element.
Who are your favourite artists at the moment and how did they influence your work?
Waldemar Kolbusz is one of my favourite artists. I love his expressive work and his use of marks and colour. So vivid.I also admire Clare Purser’s work. It is also very expressive and she captures her subject beautifully. Wassily Kandinksy has been a long time favourite!
What’s your proudest achievement in your career?
The success of my recent Solo Pop Up Exhibition. I really enjoyed listening to people’s responses and reactions to my work. It is a big part of why I make the work. I was proud too that I produced the exhibition in more ways than just creating the artworks. I learnt a great deal about setting up an exhibition as well as organising a gallery space, marketing, catering, PR, salesmanship and engaging with clients.