I live in the UK and am in the fourth generation of a family line of artists, with Royal Academicians on both sides. I went through senior school on an art scholarship and subsequently went on to Art School in Winchester leaving with a Diploma in Art & Design. I then read a degree in Art History at York University, BA followed by a PGCE (teaching qualification) in Art and Design at Exeter University. I subsequently taught Art and Art History at Secondary level for a decade in both independent/private and state schools. I also furthered my interest in Art History with a part-time MA at Bristol University.
Throughout this time I continued my own artistic practice and sold and exhibited my work. This became increasingly digital in response to the technology available.In response to demand I decided to take my work freelance, combing my art, art history and pedagogical knowledge and EQ skills and applying them to business. In 2011 I started trading as Purple Heron Communication specialising in turning words into pictures through digital graphic recording. I provide digital illustrations for a range of national and international corporate clients, businesses and organisations. These range from banks, telecommunications companies, law firms and also not for profits.
As well as graphic recording my services include: Rich Pictures: helping organisations see the big picture Visual Storytelling: making your story visible Bespoke work such as book illustrations and drawings of architecture
I also believe in giving back and in 2014 founded the charity Prodigal Arts, bringing transformation through art; mentoring offenders and ex-offenders to find not only a new creativity, but a new life. I worked as its director for x6 years.
In response to the worldwide pandemic of the Corona Virus I am now exploring more and more live graphic recording using Zoom and Microsoft Teams for my clients in these times of lockdown.
I also have a long held personal passion for helping church communities to communicate creatively and have another UK enterprise in my own time called Kingdom Creations. This is something I am returning to developing now and which I believe can aptly serve times such as these. This addresses services in articulating Christian ideas, learnings, talks, scriptures, meanings and communications.