I was born and bred in Cornwall but moved away to Portsmouth, Bristol & Bath for 13 years and came back in 2005. I now live and work in the county as a fulltime illustrator - artist. I have been taking commissions for my paintings and drawings since I was a teenager. It was only in 1997 that I was commissioned by Hallmark Cards UK, that I started to work as a professional artist. Since then I have illustrated over 40 children's books, worked with a variety of clients and worked to a commercial brief for 16 years.
While feeling stuck in a commercial rut I decided in 2008 to do an MA in Illustration - Authorial Practice at Falmouth University. I did it two years part time and haven't looked back. It has been one of the hardest and most rewarding things I have done to date. I had to unlearn all the skills I had acquired throughout my education and my career, in order to get to the very depths of who I was as an artist. I had lost myself in the commercial brief and trying to find 'me' again was like pulling teeth, but I got there.
After graduating as a Master of the Arts, and with a new knowledge of working as an authorial creative, I felt a frantic energy to put everything I had learnt into the world as the new 'me'. It didn't work. It is only after a couple of years of highs and lows and perseverance and patience that I learnt where my new path was. It was Antidote. This title is a true representation of the feeling I have while making these marks, in response to my day job.
I hope the work speaks for itself and you enjoy looking through them.
Most of the frames for the an-ti-dote work are all handmade, hand stained and varnished, with an antique-white interior. The studio 5 work is framed by Eat Art in Falmouth and all antique white, hand painted frames.
2014 Antidote-The Picture Room, Newlyn Gallery, Newlyn, Cornwall
2012 Truro Arts café, Truro
2012 Antidote, Salthouse Gallery, St Ives
2008 Rostra Gallery, Bath
2005 Rostra Gallery, Bath
Group and feature shows
2014-16 Newlyn School of Art Tutors Show Newlyn Art Gallery,
2013 ‘Drawing the Line’ Millenium Gallery, St Ives
2013 Newlyn School of Art Tutors fundraiser Newlyn Art Gallery,
2013 ‘Waterlog’, The Poly Falmouth
2013 ‘A Night, A day, Another night’. Bucca, Newlyn.
2013 ‘Painting Show’ Bucca, Newlyn
2013 ‘Fiat Lux’ Limbo, Cornwall Art Biennial, Truro
2012 ‘Leth’, Newlyn
2012/14 Plumbline and Orchard Gallery, St Ives
2012 Trelissick Gallery, Trelissick House, Truro
2011 MA group show Truro Arts Café, Truro
2011 MA show Falmouth University
2011 MA group show Hung, Drawn and Authored, The Poly Falmouth
2010 Trelissick Gallery, Trelissick House, Truro
2010 Hi5 Art Collective pop up Gallery iii St Austell
2010 Hi5 Art Collective pop up Gallery ii Truro
2009 Trelissick Gallery, Trelissick House, Truro
2009 Hi5 Art Collective pop up Gallery i, Truro
2009 Seed Surf, Wadebridge
2004 Bristol Arts Trail, Bristol.
2004 ‘About 10’, Awning project, Spyglass, Bristol
2003 Bristol Arts Trail, Bristol.
2003 Caroline Pedler and Terry Frost, Rostra gallery, Bath
2002 Bread and Butter Art Collective, pop up gallery, Bath Fringe Festival
2001 Bread and Butter Art Collective, pop up gallery, Bath Fringe Festival
2000 Bread and Butter Art Collective, pop up gallery, Bath Fringe Festival
1999 Bread and Butter Collective, pop up gallery, Fringe Festival, Bath
2013-present Workshop tutor Newlyn School of Art
2013-present Part Time Lecturer Plymouth College of Art
2010-2014 Mentoring with RIO ( Real Ideas Organisation) and Aggie Arts, Cornwall
2008-2013 Guest lecturer Swindon and Plymouth College of Art
1995-present Various workshops for children and adults around the country.
2014 MA- Illustration-Authorial Practice, Falmouth, Cornwall
2014 TAaP, No.5 Porthmeor Studios, St Ives School of Painting, Cornwall
1994 Ecole De Beauxs Art, Caen, France