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.