I live near Redruth in Cornwall with my boyfriend Guy and 13 dogs (no that isn’t a typo, they are all small so if you stuck them together it would be like having one big dog….sort of!).
I have always loved being creative but never confident to pursue it as a career. I studied Graphic Design at Falmouth School of Art and Design but I chose to go and work in an accounts office instead for 15 years.
It was whilst working at Falmouth Docks that I met Penny Phillips and she asked me to design a logo for the Falmouth branch of the Mission to Seafarers, to include an iconic image of the docks. I knew the design had to be crisp and sharp so my normal pen and coloured pencil cartoon sketches would not work.
I had messed about on Publisher software for years designing posters, etc so decided to try using the autoshapes to create an image…a crane!
From the crane I did the Geevor design and I thought about designing more Cornwall inspired themes, fishing, harbours, mackerel, tin mines and beaches…then I tried other animals and themes, commissions for people, the list was endless!
I then went to night school for a 10 week course in Illustrator basics and it opened a new chapter in my artwork. It gave me flexibility and my style has evolved over the last few years while still using the basics that I started with and keeping my bright, happy style.
In August 2013 I opened my gift shop in Redruth. I sell my own work and that of many talented artists and crafts people. The shop has gained a reputation for being somewhere to get a quality gift or treat which is affordable and slightly different to what you see everywhere else. I love that little shop and have made many, many friends through it.
I have also been involved in assisting Trebah Garden and Flambards organise their Christmas Fairs and I have started working with The Lost Gardens of Heligan on their first ever xmas fair.
I print all my own mugs, coasters, etc. This gives me the flexibility to personalise products and adapt my designs if required.