I graduated from Westminster University with a first class honors
degree in illustration and visual communication and began to start working with a wide range of clients on a wide range of commissions whilst building up my professional portfolio.
During my professional practice I have worked on a vast scope of different projects for clients including; The Science Museum, Liberty
London, The Green Party, and Stroke. These have included final projects consisting of; animation, editorial illustration, branding, book cover
design, printed and web collateral, layout design, murals, portraiture, posters, 3D design amongst many others.
I won a prestigious D&AD New Blood award in 2015 for my award
winning project ‘Making the Most of Creative Struggles’ in which I used my own practice as the subject and gained industry recognition and success by doing so.
I work as a freelance illustrator, designer, painter and animator and am very comfortable in teaching traditional image making techniques, digital illustration and the Adobe suite: including Photoshop, Illustrator, After Affects and Indesign. I have built up a great bank of knowledge and skill in painting, drawing, sculpture, layout design, moving image, video editing and various approaches to illustration, all of which I am
comfortable in teaching to others due to previous experience of practice and teaching students.
I teach and provide session support for the Charity Art Box which helps Artists with learning difficulties develop their creative and life skills to gain work and confidence. As a part of this role there is an immense amount of one to one support and working with the artists who attend. This is often done as an on going process with a particular individual and so allows time to understand the personal needs and interests of the individual to support and guide their work. As a result of this one to one support many of the the artists have gone on to sell work and boost their confidence as creative professionals.
Subjects I teach
Fine Art up to A-Level
Design up to University level
Illustration up to University level
Animation up to University level
Portfolio preparation up to University level
First Degree honors in Illustration and Visual Communication from the University of Westminster.
During my Bachelors Degree I was heavily involved in the arts and represented the University and the Illustration and Visual Communication course numerous times to prospective students and educational authorities. It was also at this time that I was elected for three years running to represent my course at rep meetings with all members of the faculty. During this time I was also chosen to represent my year group, along with a handful other high achieving students, at the 2013 D&AD
New Blood gallery in Old Spitalfields market in which nearly all UK
universities exhibited their work along side each other to gain attention and potential work from industry professionals.
Double Distinction BTEC national diploma in Art and Design from Paston college, Norfolk. I achieved 100% in marking.
English literature – B
During my A Levels I acted as course representative for new and prospective students interested in studying at Paston College.
11 GCSE A* – C.
A* in Art and Design, Graphic Products, Media Studies and English Literature and Language.
My Passion And How I Inspire
I aim to find what my students are most passionate about in their work and what avenues really excite them. I help them to develop their own unique and personal voice within their work and encourage them to think about the wider applications of it professionally. There is no
formula to making great artwork just like there is no formula for the way that people learn. It’s because of this that I teach in a very relaxed and open manner to get to understand my students and what works best for them and their educational needs.
I am a firm believer that the best way to learn is to genuinely enjoy the subject that you are studying and so my tutorial approach is to focus on the parts that students are naturally more excited by and then relating this back to parts where my students may be having difficulty. My lessons consist of a pre agreed lesson plan according to the students curriculum but also what my student feels like they need more support and guidance with.
I teach all areas of Illustration, Design and portfolio preparation for further/ higher education. I pride myself on engaging with and getting the most out of my students so that they can gain confidence and skill in their creative practice.
My video Introduction
I live on a narrow boat on the London canal system. I also also spent a summer during university working as a banjo playing wizard for the North Norfolk Maize Maze!