After graduating in illustration from Falmouth Art College (UK) I started my professional career as a freelance children’s book and travel illustrator and my work appeared in many books, magazines and other publications and exhibitions. Then in the late 90s I began working almost exclusively on digital design projects involving video, motion graphics, interactive design, photography, digital illustration, exhibition design etc. You can see some of this work here [ see timeline portfolio ]
In 2000 I was invited to Brighton University and City College Brighton and Hove, U.K. as a visiting lecturer. I enjoyed teaching so much that I stayed and went on to set up and run their Audio-visual and Multimedia Production P.D.C. course for three years. I’ve also worked as a software trainer for the likes of the BBC, Silicon Beach Training and Jaspar Conran. I still continue to enjoy teaching today.
I am naturally a restless person who likes new challenges so in 2004 I began to steer my work away from the compromise of designing for a client and to focus more on my personal art projects. I came to Barcelona for the first time and fell in love with the city, in particular the neighbourhood of Poblenou. I decided to divide my time between Brighton and Barcelona and I set up my studio in one of Poblenou’s art collectives. I didn’t know what I wanted to create but I knew that I wanted to mix my traditional art techniques with my digital and photographic skills to create unique art pieces and viewer experiences. So began a period of experimentation and exploration that continues today.
Since I was a child I’ve been fascinated by places and things that others overlook; their stories and hidden beauty. I love to explore and document the derelict, to resuscitate it, preserve and reinvent it. This passion led me to meet my partner the Catalan film maker Geppe Monrós and to start Project Abandoned? Over 13 months we travelled 40,000km throughout Europe in a camper van documenting abandoned places and interviewing those who had reused, conserved or pictured them. One of the results is a feature length documentary film that screened weekly for 3 months at a Barcelona cinema, 3 times on national Spanish TV (La 2) and at 10 international film festivals. We are currently planning ‘Abandoned? Exposed’, which is an international touring event that includes exhibitions, workshops, screenings and debates on the theme of Abandoned?
For the past 13 years I have been documenting the street art and changing cityscape of Poblenou as it has been transformed by the 22@ project. Recently I’ve been using this imagery to create huge photographic montages of Poblenou that preserve not just its physical history but also its changing social tapestry as it is transformed beyond recognition by redevelopment and mass tourism. I've also been using this imagery in my recent Squares series.