How did you decide to become involved in the visual arts?
Well… my Mum was a ceramicist before I was born. She taught me how to draw and she got me art lessons when I was little. From that I developed a real love for drawing and painting and anything to do with art. I always felt really comfortable, really connected every time I was doing art, making art. So I guess I never really saw it as a career, I always thought I should get a "real job". But then it came to the end of high school and I thought, actually, no, I want to pursue this and keep going.
What are the main concerns of your practice?
At the moment the main concerns of my practice have been to do with found photography and found photo albums. Looking at the individuals within those photos and trying to establish something personal or individual about them. I am interested about these things not as object, not just as something old but something incredibly personal.
Can you describe your making process?
My making process varies quite a lot. I love to draw so there is a lot of drawing and sketching. Not so much pre-planning or note taking, but I like to draw the image that I wanna paint and develop it as it goes. If I am working from a black and white photograph then I usually recolour the photo before I start working from it. The colours can be anything from naturalistic tones or I'll paint everything blue or something completely unnatural when recolouring it. Then I work from there, either doing digital painting or traditional painting.
Do you have tips for other artists?
Yeah. One of them is the whole practice thing. I don't think it can really be overstated. Usually people are like, ‘oh you are so talented with drawing’ or ‘why did you get so good at art?’. When I tell them that it's onlybecause I come back and draw every single day, people usually say something like ‘oh no that can’t be it you must have some sort of secret!’ but there’s not. It's just a looking and observing everything around you closely and then bringing that back to drawing constantly.
Verso. I am hoping to do more teaching art and also doing some work in the arts community.