In May 2018 I had the honour of meeting Baroness Ilora Finlay at the House of Lords. I was there to present to her a portrait she kindly commissioned. Baroness Finlay of Llandaff is a Professor of Palliative Care and a past president of The Royal Society of Medicine. She is a remarkable woman and I will always be grateful to her, for her kind interest in my studies at Cardiff School of Art and Design (2013-2016).
March 2018 - Commissioned by The Royal Academy of Arts to draw 10 minute portraits of their VIP guests at a RA Lates monthly event. ‘Night at the Palace’ was inspired by their upcoming Charles 1st exhibition. The 17th century themed evening included opera performances, feasting, ballet, painting, life drawing with creative activities and artist installations.
What a fantastic experience it was to meet such interesting people and to take part of a very memorable evening!
November 2017 - This month marked a special gathering of all the postgrad students who are completing the Drawing Year at The Royal Drawing School. We came together for this lovely photo at an exhibition of the year group's art at Christie's Gallery in Mayfair, London.
On November 14th the exhibition was visited by HRH the Prince of Wales. I was thrilled to have the opportunity to explain to Prince Charles how the drawing school had had such an impact on my life.
I joined the Young Artists programme at the school at the age of 13 and attended the most amazing Saturday classes till the age of 18. These classes introduced me to tone, composition, depth of scale, different media. I learnt alongside amazingly talented young artists from all kinds of backgrounds. The classes inspired me to do 'A' levels in Fine Art and Graphic Design, which in turn gave me the confidence to take on a degree in Illustration.
It was a thrill to explain to Prince Charles that the two portraits I exhibited were of 105 year old Dr William Frankland and my grandmother, Ruth Summerfield.
September 2017 - I was invited by the owners of Hauser & Wirth out to Braemar, Scotland where I did a series of drawings of this years Highland Games. What a fantastic experience to record such a historical event.
May 2017 - Thrilled, humbled and honoured to receive 1st Prize for the Hermione Hammond Drawing Award 2017 by Mall Galleries and The Federation of British Artists for my portrait of Dr William Frankland MBE. Meeting Dr Frankland was a privilege. Incredibly he is 105 years "young!" and in fine fettle. He is an immunologist, a former Japanese prisoner of war and has led an extraordinary life. He gave a compelling interview on BBC Radio 4's Desert Island Discs programme in 2015.
February 2017 - I was thrilled to have been chosen as 1 of 35 'graduate illustrators to watch' by one of Britains top illustration agencies, Dutch Uncle. The agency selected some of my refugee artwork as part of a new exhibition called BRIGHT YOUNG THINGS. The exhibition spans 5 floors in the Pan Macmillan building in Kings Cross, London.