How and when did you know that you wanted to become an illustrator?
From a very early age I was fascinated by picture books and used to spend hours looking at the illustrations and thought how amazing it would be if I could create similar books myself. Then, when I was 11 I joined a drawing class in my home town and this is where it all began….
Where do you draw your inspiration from?
I draw a lot of my inspiration from Nature in its most natural format. I also get inspired by colours and the performing arts, anything that is out of the ordinary and by incredible people who have achieved some great things.
What is your earliest memory of creating art? (or drawing as a child)
Scribbling on the pages of a picture book and being told off by my parents for ruining the book.
Do you read criticism done on your work?
Always, and actually think it is a compliment that someone took the time and effort to give feedback. In illustration, design and publishing, there are a few occasions when people do not praise or criticise, leaving the creator in limbo as to what needed to improve to be worthy of response.
How do you deal with negative criticism?
I am an absolute perfectionist and any criticism is always welcome. I find criticism very healthy and humbling. There is no definitive excellence in art and design, it should be viewed always as a learning curve, to which we all have room to listen, learn and improve. At the end of every year I look back at my work and see improvement. I am influenced by my fellow illustrators, clients’ feedback and family and friends who offer me advice in order to see something from the viewers objective.
What is your favorite way to get out of a creative block?
Watching movies and MTV. Looking at abstract art.
If you had to describe your body of work in one word, what would that word be?