My introduction to art came before I can remember. My favourite pastime as a child was to sit down with piles of computer paper and draw. Back then, I would be creating fantasy worlds I wanted to live in. I’d draw houses with hydroslides leading to the library, animals and lots of pretty girly clothes. I’ve always been fascinated with the visual, particularly the surreal and fantastical.
Growing up, I loved Dr Seuss, Roald Dahl and Lewis Carroll books. Their warped sense of logic and fantasy grabbed me. As I grew, I became more interested in surrealists like Salvador Dali as well as contemporary artists such as James Jean, Ashley Wood and João Ruas.
Since graduating from Massey University in Wellington in 2010, I’ve worked on numerous projects for publishing and advertising, including magazine editorials and covers and children’s books and journals. For my commercial work, I primarily work digitally but also enjoy traditional media, pencil, charcoal, oil paint and watercolour. I currently work as a designer/illustrator at Verve Portraits Photography studio. Working alongside so many creative photographers has fuelled my passion for photography and I’ve recently been incorporating this more into my illustration.
Talented photographer/illustrator collaborative Stuart Kennie and Kashka Jamieson recently set up the illustration department at Verve. I’ve had the pleasure of working alongside them and learning from them first-hand. It’s been amazing to have the opportunity to do something new with my illustration skills and to work with such an inspiring team who are passionate about new ideas and new ways of doing things.
I strongly feel that art always needs to be evolving and changing; it’s great to have a personal style but I wouldn’t want my work to become stagnant.
I am most fascinated by the strengths and vulnerabilities in femininity. I’ve recently discovered contemporary artist Hush and developed a mild obsession. I find his street-art-inspired style to be eerie, raw and intriguing. I‘m inspired by his calm yet chaotic portrayals of women.
There seems to me a limitless well of expression, depth and feeling that can be represented through the female form. I want to continue experimenting with this same subject matter, but I want to be more experimental with my work, and play with different media, traditional and otherwise.