University of Wales, Cardiff (BA Hons Fine Art / 2009)
What is your favourite film of all time?
It would be completely impossible to say! Obviously Star Wars (the originals) would have to feature in my favourite films list along with films like Local Hero, Bridget Jones Diary and Iron Man! I could list many more!
What music are you currently listening to and why?
Once again I could spend hours listing all the different music I listen to. I simply find the song I am in the mood to hear on the internet and see which track that takes me to next.
Which living artists do you most admire and why?
Any artists who manage to keep creating and making a living despite the odds.
Which deceased artist do you most admire and why?
There are so many I can noit even bgin to list them!
Which exhibition that you have visited made the greatest impact on you and why?
Having visited numerous exhibitions everywhere from tiny little galleries in the French country side to big exhibitions in London, Paris and New York I would have to say that the exhibitions which have had the largest impact on me are those where I have known the people involved as I get to see all the hard work which goes into them and the way in which the exhibition finally comes together.
What is the question you get asked most frequently about your work and how do you answer it?
'What is stone lithography?' I do my best to explain but am usually left with the person asking the question looking even more confused than when I started!
What / who inspired you to be an artist?
Becoming an artist was never really a conscious decision it has just always been there. During a careers discussion at school a teacher once commented that if I was cut in half art is what would be found.
Can you tell us about where you make your art and what if any the significance of this location is?
I make my art in the living room of my flat and the shed where I currently keep my stone lithographic press. I take my inspiration from looking at the world around me.
What do you like most about being an artist?
Getting covered in paint or ink and not really caring!
What is your greatest achievement as an artist to date?
Achieving my degree and selling a piece of my work to the Heritage minister in the Welsh Assembly. My other biggest achivement to date is
completing the Yorkshire three peaks challenge in 10hours and 42minutes!
What are your plans for the coming year?
Continuing to develop my practice in stone lithography and getting my work into as many places as possible!
I am a graduate with a degree in Fine Art from UWIC University in Cardiff. I live in West Sussex where I am continuing my artistic practice.
At University I specialised in Stone Lithography. I found this to be a very exciting medium in which to produce my art. Stone Lithography is a much overlooked print making technique; however I find it produces results unlike any other printmaking process. I work in both colour and black and white and create prints in a range of sizes. I have recently sold the print which won the Welsh Assembely Govenment Award in my final year to the Heritage Minister there.
Whilst I have worked in a range of other mediums both at University and commercially including painting, photography and murals, Stone Lithography is my passion. I believe there is something amazing about using a piece of limestone in which to create a print. Although the process is completely logical, at times it does seem almost magical. I can create effects and textures that cannot be created in any other way. Even if I devoted my life to studying Stone Lithography I would still be unable to learn everything. It is a truly remarkable way of making art. My work is driven by my belief that Fine Art should be something which can appeal to people’s visual senses as well as their intellect and I also aspire for my art to be accessible to a diverse audience.
I have now set up my own Stone Lithographic studio in order to embark on some innovative new print projects.
Please note that due to the way I work I do not produce editions but many different versions of the same image by using different colours for each one. This can change the impact and emotions of the piece and means that none of my work is exactly the same.
2009- Capitol Centre Cardiff printmaking exhibition
2009- Snails gallery Cardiff printmaking exhibition
2009- U.W.I.C Degree Show
2009- Winner of The Welsh Assembly Government Award 2009
2010- Oxmarket Gallery Chichester Stride exhibition Highly commended
2010- Sunny Cafe Worthing SWAG exhibition
2011- Henry House Worthing SWAG exhibition
2011-On going SWAG exhibitions at different locations around Worthing
2011- Oxmarket gallery Chichester printmakers cut exhibition
2011-2012- UCA pop up gallery Chatham
Achievements & Awards
The Welsh Assembly Govenment Award