2019 is turning into a very special year for me as I have embarked on a new project to draw D Day veterans . This year is the 75th Anniversary of D Day and in June I was in Normandy to meet veterans from many countries including the UK, America and Canada.
In 2018 I was fortunate to have been commissioned by Hauser & Wirth to create a series of portraits of local people living in Braemar, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. These portraits can been seen under the tab Characters of Braemar and are on display at the Fife Arms Hotel in Braemar.
In 2017, I completed a challenging postgraduate 'Drawing Year' in London, based at The Royal Drawing School. I feel very honoured to have attended such a prestigious school.
Prior to this I enjoyed a 3 year degree in Illustration at Cardiff School of Art and Design. I was thrilled to be awarded a 1st and am indebted to the teaching staff.
During my time in Cardiff, I progressed a number of personal projects. In 2016 I focussed on the experiences of refugees and created a project called 'Love the Stranger as Yourself.'
In 2015 I completed 'Sketch A Day Africa' – which involved drawing 365 African newsmakers from January 1st to December 31st 2015. This was incredibly challenging and also a wonderful way to learn more about Africa and to feature some extraordinary people. Previously, Africa was barely on my radar and in November 2015 I had a memorable experience visiting Senegal and Gambia.
'Sketch A Day Africa' followed a similarly ambitious project I completed in 2012 when I was 17 and doing my A levels. This project featured someone who was in the news for all 366 days of that year and was a valuable introduction to what is considered to be newsworthy. The final drawing was completed live on the BBC Breakfast programme on December 31st 2012.
In 2013 and 2014, I completed two portrait projects with Holocaust survivors. It was a privilege to meet such extraordinary people and the project had quite an impact on me. Some of the portraits were published in the national press and were exhibited at the official Holocaust Memorial Day event held in Westminster.
Before studying in Cardiff I completed my A levels in Fine Art and Graphic Design, at Hampstead Fine Arts College, London NW3.
In the summer, of 2013 I worked as an intern for ‘Dutch Uncle’ – an agency which represents some of the best illustrators in the UK and around the world. In 2011 I completed a personal project, drawing the faces of 300 students in my school year (which was featured in The Times newspaper in April 2011); in 2010 I was Joint Runner-Up in The Cartoonists' Association - Young Cartoonist of the Year competition; in 2007 I was the Wagamama Young Artist in Residence at their Wigmore Street branch, London W1 and in 2009 and in 2012 my work was featured by the Society of Architectural Illustrators (SAI). For 5 years I was fortunate to have a place on the Young Artists programme at The Royal Drawing School.