My fascination for the natural world started at a very early age, and my love of animals has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember.
During my senior years at Birkenhead High School for Girls (2006- 2013), I developed a deep passion for drawing and painting, and art became the central focus of my studies. I was truly inspired by wildlife artists such as David Shepherd and Jason Morgan, and wildlife art became the main theme of all my work.
Following on from my A'Levels, I was awarded a place at Staffordshire University, UK, to study Fine Art, and decided to defer my degree until 2014 so that I could travel to the Far East during my gap year.
Whilst in Thailand in early 2014, I had the wonderful opportunity to volunteer at Kanchanaburi Safari & Rescue Centre, taking care of their orphaned and rescued animals.
Studying Fine Art at university enabled me to gain a clearer perspective on my future career. Having spent time working directly with threatened species, I realised that I wanted to combine my art with studies in the conservation of wildlife.
To this end, after having completed a year at Staffordshire University, I decided to change courses and in 2016 began my degree in Wildlife Conservation at Liverpool John Moores University.
In my artwork, I try to focus on capturing the expressions or emotions of an individual. My new course is both fascinating and enlightening, as it has enabled me to develop a deeper understanding of the animals I love to paint and draw.
Giraffes are highly sociable and very interested in what we are up to, especially when it involves food!
EXHIBITIONS & COMPETITIONS
Over the past seven years, I have exhibited my work and entered into recognised competitions within the UK.
2019 - Liverpool Art Fair
"What's Occurring?" completed in 2015 in acrylics measures 26" by 14", and was featured in the 2019 Liverpool Art Fair exhibition at the Metquarter for a total of three months.
2015 - National Exhibition of Wildlife Art
My painting, "A Road to Survival", on display at the exhibition arena in South Wirral, Merseyside.
Painted in acrylics and measuring 26" by 14", the final piece is mounted in a solid oak wood frame.
2015 - Teenage Entrepreneur Market, Stoke
I took the opportunity to take a sizeable stand at a busy shopping location in Stoke-on-Trent, where I exhibited and offered for sale many of my original pieces and prints.
2012 - Williamson Art Gallery Spring Exhibition
For this competition, I entered a piece that I had completed whilst at school. Inspired by the artwork of Jason Morgan, I used acrylic paints to depict the majesty of a silver back gorilla.
2012 - Diamond Jubilee Liverpool "Live Art" Competition
One piece, completed on location over 20 hours, to portray the celebration of HM The Queen's Diamond Jubilee and the city of Liverpool.