My work is influenced by Magic Realism and explores the fragmentary, veiled and sometimes edited nature of memory. I create drawings and paintings of the places I've travelled and lived. Exploring the idea of belonging and exile, my intention is to capture specific, personal experiences and spaces, from my childhood spent on the Welsh West coast and more recent experiences and encounters as a sailor and as an itinerant. I am fascinated by the way the spatial sense of memory contracts and expands under duress or in moments of great ecstasy and freedom. My work investigates different ways that memory can be contained or can spill out in unexpected ways.
The multi disciplined journeying between different mediums helps me construct an image, so I try to keep my approach reflexive: recognising and projecting my own lived experience of the Uncanny upon figures in paintings, literature and film, constructing models and theatre sets that help me inhabit and draw from different perspectives, and also by drawing directly from life. I find that a tangible sense of narrative and space begins to unfold during this haptic process.
National Park Visitor Centre, Trawsfynydd, Wales, 2016
Map Tout, Atom Gallery, London, 2015
Renegade, London, 2015
The Greatest Little Art Show in E17, 2015
Walden Studios, E17 Art trail, 2015
Spring Exhibition, Oriel y Môr, Pwllheli 2015
Y Mabinogi, Group Exhibition, Aberystwyth Arts Centre 2015
Bookish, E17 Art Trail Walthamstow 2015
Oh Comely's Pop-up - 'Work-shop' 2015
.... a chrefft, National Eisteddfod 2014
Winter Open - Queens Hall Gallery, Narberth 2014
100 Cats, A-side B-side Gallery, London 2014
Drawing Open, Gas Gallery, Aberystwyth 2014
Siani Pobman, Group exhibition, Aberystwyth Arts Centre 2013
Postcards from Europe, 2011
Back to Common Earth Again, Open Exhibition, Moma Wales 2009
Celebrating the Sea, Royal Society of Marine Artists, Mall Galleries, London 2007
Wales Drawing Biennale, Touring Exhibition 2006
Teaching, Aberystwyth College Art Department - visiting practitioner - workshops - 2007 - 2013
Sailing, Ongoing position of first mate on SV Sandpiper - a sailing yacht I have helped restore in DIY boatyards and sail down the east coast of the US to Cuba and Mexico. I have also crewed on yacht deliveries in the Caribbean, Ireland and the USA.
Illustration, Working as an illustrator for publishers, companies and private clients - including Penguin, Random House and The Folio Society.
Design, From 2010-2012 I worked at The Welsh Books Council as a bilingual graphic designer, assisting in the design of the Welsh Books Council’s internal publications and designing book covers and their visual content. Since then I have worked on a number of freelance design projects.
Royal Drawing School - The Drawing Year, London - 2016 - 2017
BA Hons Illustration and Animation, 1:0, Kingston University - 2002 - 2005
Oppenheim John Downes Award, 2016
Kingston Drawing Prize - second prize, 2004
Borgo Pignano -
Drawing Year Field Trip, Tuscany, 2017
Wedmore School, Somerset, 2011
week-long workshop, teaching stop-motion animation for the closing credits of When I Close My Eyes, Super 8 film by under 12s
E-list - 2015
Qrator launch magazine - 2015
Design Juices featured artist - 2015
Oh Comely Magazine - 2014
Amelia Magazine - TWWDNU - 2014
The Foodie Bugle - 2012