Traditional drawing is what I love to do, aided and abetted with a pen, ink, coloured/pastel pencils and the more than occasional dash of metallic leaf. Perhaps one day, someone will be able to wrench the pen/pencil from my hand and entice me to throw paint around with abandon. But I’m not there yet.
Some of my work strives to portray real and raw world and human issues through narrative illustration, colour and strong imagery/symbolism, bringing visual delight without detracting from my message.
I feel deeply about quite a few issues, not least the destruction we are wreaking upon our beautiful planet and the appalling cruelty that is inflicted daily on defenseless animals. This is why a percentage of proceeds made on my Wildlife Series is given to various animal welfare charities, with which I am involved. I have also donated some of my artwork for auction to help raise funds and awareness for these organisations.
If you would like to know more about me, please read below…
Born and raised in Thailand, my love of drawing started at an early age. I was fortunate to live in a world where Eastern mythology, Buddhism and its gentle beliefs were intertwined with fairy tales from the West; all paramount in moulding my life and my views on life.
I eventually moved from Thailand to spend 17 years in Africa and my love for animals and nature was further enhanced by the glorious fauna and flora prevalent on that magnificent Continent. From Africa, I travelled the globe, ending up in the Republic of Ireland for 8 years (where I still have my home). Now living in London, England I am finally living my dream – that of a full-time artist/illustrator.
My work has been inspired through the years by a number of artists, namely Cicely Mary Barker, Brian Froud, Ed Org, Alphonse Mucha and David Shepherd, to name a few.
My drawings sit in two opposing ends of the genre spectrum – Realism & Fantasy – while my photographic/digital Abstract work is produced solely for designs on merchandise.
I am currently producing a Wildlife Series of critically endangered, vulnerable and threatened animals to help raise awareness of and funding for their plight.
My Fantasy illustrations are inspired by a childhood exposed to a wide range of culturally different fairy tale and mythical characters. Being able to creatively interpret them is my outlet and escape from the more serious sides of life.
I continue to regularly exhibit in mixed shows, juried online exhibitions and Art Fairs and my artwork has been sold through galleries in the Rep of Ireland and the UK. It is also featured on New Irish Art and Artists Info.
I take on commissions when time allows, so please feel free to contact me. And if you’re interested in purchasing any of my work, I would be delighted to hear from you.
AWARDS, EXHIBITIONS & FEATURES:
June 2017 – ‘Sneachta – Snow Leopard Cub’ – Overall Winning Artists award (4th Place) and Painting & Other Category (2nd Place) from Light, Space & Time online Art Gallery – 7th Annual Animals Art competition.
Aug 17 – Oct 17th 2015 – Online exhibition with Manhattan Arts International. ‘Facing my Fears‘ – ‘Award of Excellence’ plus ‘Healing Power of Art & Artists Featured Artist Award’. To read my featured article, please click here.
Feb 2015 – ‘Áine – Irish Love Goddess’ featured in the Feb/Mar 2015 issue of Irish America magazine (New York) as a header to their article ‘Sláinte! Love Mór‘
Jan 2016 – Twelve of my Flower Fairy drawings featured in the Jan/Feb 2016 issue of Spirit & Destiny magazine (UK).
1st May – 28th May 2017 – Global Reactive Exhibition – Mardleybury Gallery, Datchworth, Hertfordshire
1st Jan – 31st Dec 2017 – ongoing exhibition at Mardleybury Gallery, Herts
1st Oct – 31st Dec 2016 – Mardleybury Gallery, Datchworth, Hertfordshire
16th – 20th June 2016 – Chelsea Art Society, Chelsea Old Town Hall, London
4th – 15th May 2016 – ‘Revealing and Concealing‘ – Joint exhibition at Nude Tin Can, St Albans with Teresa Chlapowski, an artist who works in glass and mixed media.
26th Feb – 28th Feb 2016 – Oxford International Art Fair, Oxford Town Hall, Oxford
24th Feb – 20th Mar 2016 – ‘Hidden’, Nude Tin Gallery
8th Jan – 23rd Jan 2016 – Erotica Expo, Nude Tin Gallery
16th – 20th Dec 2015 – Exhibit Here’s Art Maze Exhibition – OXO Tower, South Bank, London
23rd – 25th Oct 2015 – Parallax Art Fair, Chelsea, London, UK. Europe’s largest Art Fair showcasing over 200 Artists from around the globe.
5th – 27th Sep 2015 – ‘Open Studios at Nude’
24th Aug – 3rd Sep 2015 – ‘Geometric & Colour’ – The Nude Tin Can Gallery
July 2015 – ‘Inky One’ – The Nude Tin Can Gallery, St Albans, Herts, UK
May 2011 – Iniscealtra Festival of Arts (Mountshannon, Co Clare)
May 2010 – Iniscealtra Festival of Arts (Mountshannon, Co Clare)