Before arriving to study for my MA I spent many years in both UK and in China painting and printmaking. It was while living in China that I also developed a fascination with paper, from which, while in Cambridge, I have been experimenting with the creation of paper sculptures. I’ve also developed a keen interest in the juxtaposition between 2D and 3D within children’s book illustration, and in the cooexistence of the imagined and the real.
Before turning to art, I was a barrister for a while. I also studied theology at university, from which rooting came an early interest in the symbolic role of prescientific beliefs in contemporary societies which pervaded many of my paintings and prints, and which I sold while in Hong Kong. Themes I’ve enjoyed illustrating for children have often concerned animals which are endangered or are extinct. I also enjoy playing the flute – musical narratives.