Career 2013 - 2018 : JellyJam
Before embarking on my artistic career I had spent five years working with JellyJam Entertainment in the US. Initially I was working as a freelancer developing the characters for one of their properties (The Moodsters) and ended up working full time for them as Creative Director designing and developing everything from books to (award winning) EQ kids toys to apps to Social Media campaigns. It was a very interesting time in my career, learning a lot of new skills and something I had never imagined I would have been involved with. It was especially nice because my daughter was the right age for the products we were making so I could use her as our ‘Guinea Pig’
Career 2000 - 2015 : Aardvart
My involvement with JellyJam began after their President saw my Aardvart illustrations online. Aardvart was set up by myself and friend Louise Gardner who was a brilliant children’s book illustrator. I had been dabbling with 3D software for a while and Louise asked if it would be possible to recreate some of her drawing in 3D. I took up the challenge and the results were hilarious. These first pictures eventually appeared on a range of greetings cards and demand for the work started to grow. After leaving our studio and both moving out of London it became more difficult to collaborate but I continued to work on Aardvart projects and over the years I worked on lots of books, magazines and packaging.
Career 1998 - 2018 : Newspapers & Magazines
Some of my major clients through this period were newspapers such as The FT, The Sunday Times Magazine, Newsweek and The Telegraph. The deadlines were always very short, most often a call at 6pm with a deadline at 9am the following morning, but were great fun because you never knew what you were going to be asked to do - like a picture of Kofi Annan made of bullets or David Cameron dressed as Superman or a car with teeth!
Career 1994 - 2013 : Illustration
I had been interested in illustration since doing my degree and I gradually began to switch my attention from straight photography to creating illustrations with my photographs. Originally this was done with prints, a scalpel and paint but with the development of design packages for computers I teamed up with a couple of other illustrators and we bought a Apple Mac (8100) in 1995. It was suddenly possible to create anything we could imagine and we had to work in shifts as demand for all our work was very high. I was mostly working in publishing back then, doing a lot of book covers and illustrated books on subjects from yoga to technology to the Grateful Dead! I believe that this was when I developed the beginings of the style that I still use today and its origins can be seen im my works, even from the mid 1990's.
Career 1993 - 1997 : Photography
Having decided that the area of photography that interested me the most was studio based still life I began to take out my portfolio and pick up a few clients of my own. I was lucky that a local photographer I was working with had a great, well equipped studio close to where I live and hired the space to me when it was not in use. I was doing a lot of product photography for a company that made prototype technology, which was fascinating, though now the products seem very dated. I very much enjoyed the challenges of lighting objects and worked for Cosmopolitan, and Mark Wilkinson. I also sold my pictures through The Image Bank for many years.
Career 1988 - 1993 : Photographic Assistant
I started as an assistant during summer holidays from Poly, working for SCS in Wiltshire and after I finished my degree and moved to London I worked with a wide variety of photographers. This gave me wonderful experience in many different fields of photography from fashion to portraits and Still life to interiors, which helped me decide which area I wanted to specialise in as well a broad knowledge of the technical aspects of photography and lighting. I was greatly helped in the setting up of my business by a loan from the Princes Trust and met Prince Charles at an exhibition of PT business, where I was showing my work.
Career 1987 - 1991 : Further Education
I studied for a degree in Visual Communications (specialising in Photography) at Wolverhampton Polytechnic. It was during my studies here that I developed an interest in landscape photography (creating a book of landscapes for my degree show) and using photography as illustrations (creating graphic novel version of Alice in Through the Looking Glass for my degree show) , both of which have influenced my career.