HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN AT TAP?
WHAT IS YOUR PREFERED MEDIUM? HOW DID YOU COME ABOUT USING IT?
My preferred medium is fine tip markers. I found my love of micron pens back in university when I did my first large scale architecture drawing. I love the detail I can achieve with these markers and the permanence of the medium.
IS THERE ANOTHER MEDIUM THAT YOU'VE
ALWAYS WANTED TO TRY?
WHAT IS THE IMPORTANCE OF HAVING A STUDIO/ CREATION IN YOUR LIFE?
My studio is a space where I can focus exclusively on my art practice. I can separate my everyday life from
my drawing, and stay very motivated by having my own individual space outside of the home.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE PART OF YOUR STUDIO?
My plants and large window.
ARE THERE ANY FUN STUDIO HABITS THAT YOU HAVE DEVELOPED?
My everyday routine at the studio is to immediately water and take care of all my plants when I walk in and enjoy a cup of coffee before getting started for the day! Having my plants in my studio is a great sort of activity also for when I need a drawing break.
WHAT IS THE GENERAL SIGNIFICANCE TO THE SPACES OR ITEMS THAT YOU CHOOSE TO ILLUSTRATE IN YOUR WORK?
In the past year I’ve been focusing on a series based on London architecture. I grew up just outside of London and have spent my whole life in the city and wish to celebrate the wonderful architecture within the city and surrounding areas. Many of my drawings focus on buildings that have a personal meaning to me (such as TAP and my cottage), while others have spaces I admire and intricate furniture I enjoy drawing (such as Eldon House and University College).
ARE THERE MATERIALS THAT YOU CAN'T CREATE WITHOUT WHEN MAKING THESE PIECES?
I always need my micron pens and for many pieces I include Jet Black gouache.
HOW DO YOU DECIDE THE COMPOSITION OF YOUR WORK?
I’ve always been an artist who immediately dives into the drawing. I start with my first architectural element,
such as a window, or a piece of furniture and I expand from there, working from photographs. I do not plan
my drawings ahead, past the point of choosing my references, as I find I get the most interesting results
when I allow the piece to just kind of flow.
YOUR WORK IS PRIMARILY BLACK AND WHITE, HOW DO YOU DECIDE WHEN TO USE COLOUR AND WHICH COLOURS TO USE?
I only used colour on my much smaller furniture drawings! These are geared towards a more decorative
design, and meant to be displayed together, and therefore I choose bright, eye catching colours that
compliment each other. I always use very flat colours so that the furniture drawing is the main focus and the
details stay very visible.
YOU HAVE QUITE A PLANT COLLECTION IN YOUR STUDIO, SOME OF WHICH HAVE BEEN
MODELS FOR YOUR WORK. IS THERE A PARTICULAR TYPE OF PLANT THAT YOU GRAVITATE TOWARDS?
I absolutely love any sort of hanging plant that I can put in my window! I love to propagate the plants, so it’s
really fun trimming them back so I can take cuttings and grow whole new plants!