Originally apprenticing in theatre set and prop-making in London production houses was given the opportunity to study a masters in Costume Design for Performance at London College of Fashion as a student coming from industry. With the assistance of a Vice Chancellor’s scholarship I qualify in February 2018.
I create complete set and costume designs for studio theatre productions and circus. Since 2012, My designs for set, props and costumes most recently include the acclaimed show From Ibiza to the Norfolk Broads written and directed by Adrian Berry touring into it’s third year. New work for 2018 includes Mary’s Hand produced by Clare McCaldin, an opera about Mary 1 – libretto by Di Sherlock. Production design includes Miss Havisham’s Expectations and The World’s Wife for Linda Marlowe. Circus productions include devised pieces directed by dark clown Peta Lily; Every Day Every Day and Strange Forces at the National Centre for Circus Arts. Corporate Circus shows for Sorcha Ra productions continue with Cirque Luminaire 2018.
As an international fine artist my painting installations World Tragedy have been exhibited in London, New York, Paris, as well as municipal galleries. From 2004 I have been working on the Flower Portraits and this interest led me to study plant nomenclature and horticulture at Capel Manor in 2010 (RHS level 2) and was awarded a special bursary by the Royal Horticultural Society to gain practical experience at The Eden Project and Lost Gardens of Heligan.
I have produced an extensive range of gallery education workshops ; at the National Portrait Gallery and Arts Council Touring Exhibitions; the Whitechapel Arts Gallery and various schools and colleges. I freelanced as a master artist for the Living Paintings Trust, as well as designing and fabricating large tactile installations for municipal galleries, such as ‘Dance in a Box’ for the Royal Festival Hall and ‘Breaking the Mould’ for the National Portrait Gallery.