I've had two careers, first I was a ceramicist and teacher for 17 years followed by children's book illustrating from 1991 to the present. I think there are numerous connections and transferable skills across most artistic practices in addition to other influences such as interests and demands of media specific imagery in clay, drawing, painting and in my case, photography too. The outcome is an inevitable variety of style that I've enjoyed for different reasons.
Illustration - inspiration
I've always needed to draw, fuelled by an interest in the world, influenced by personal dispositions. As an illustrator I work best when an author's story includes characters, mood, scenes and storylines that connect with my particular imagination - Its a stimulating process, visualising the variety of possiblities arising from a simple set of words is such a satisfying creative challenge, though its more like a time to play with ideas and alternatives.
I offer Demonstrations and Workshops
for everyone aged 6 to 90, bringing personal experience, educational clout, practical and organizational skills. I trained in ceramics and education and taught in schools and colleges for my first career. I ran workshops in ceramics for Primary, Secondary, Degree levels and In Service training for teachers. After becoming established as an illustrator of childrens books I toured schools and libraries giving talks and demonstations in the UK, in Bulgaria and Australia.<
A whole week and a half of presentations, school visits, panel discussion! Superb festival and collaboration with Award winning author Mark Carthew.