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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.

You can find some at the Plumbline and Orchard Gallery in St Ives, and currently in the Picture Room Newlyn gallery, Newlyn.

 

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EXHIBITIONS

Solo Shows

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

2017 'An-ti-dote', The attic room, Cornwall Contemporary, Penzance

2017 'Collage 366', The Lander Gallery, Truro

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

 

TEACHING

2016-present Part Time Lecturer, Plymouth College of Art, Module leader, MA Illustration

2013-present Workshop tutor, Newlyn School of Art

2013-present Part Time Lecturer, Plymouth College of Art, BA Hons Illustration

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.

 

RESIDENCIES

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