My life and the process of creating my drawings have developed through turning something dark into something light.
Much of my skill and creativity was developed by using it as an outlet to release, heal and express my emotions from a pretty traumatic childhood. I was adopted at 5 years old and, for a while; the only way I could communicate what happened was to draw it. I didn't know that what I was doing at such a young age was indeed a form of therapy, and one I would continue throughout my life.
After graduating from University in 2012 with a BA (hons) Fashion Degree, I came across the genre hyperrealism and fell in love with the intense detail and how realistic other artists made their drawings appear. I tried it out using the grid method, a very helpful technique, and it just worked for me. Lots of blood, sweat and tears went into creating most of the larger pieces, but I feel blessed to share my work with the world.
My work is about enhancing the tiniest of details, intensifying them, changing contrasts and textures, awakening emotion, life and curiosity into the heart of the observer not just in the art work itself.
My ability to be resilient when not being accepted or experiencing failures is an important skill and one I am very thankful for. The completion of my works and signing the end result is so gratifying, as it marks another step closer to my goals and improving as an artist.
Inspiring others with my artwork and giving hope through my story has been a pretty powerful experience; to leave others with a touch of inspiration is a wonderful feeling.
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