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Project commissioned to create artwork for a British boutique and concept store, selling recycled clothing and organic skincare. 

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TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT WHAT YOU’VE BEEN UP TO LATELY

I recently moved to Melbourne, Australia, so for the past few months I have been settling into the city and exploring its creative side. I have taken part in a couple of group exhibitions and sold my work at a a few artist markets. Mainly, I have been working on Album art and delving into packaging and pattern design.

WHERE/ WHO/ WHAT DO YOU GET YOUR INSPIRATION FROM?

I am a very curious person and wherever I go I can't help but ask questions and wonder why things or people work the way they do, a bit like a child! This inspired me to do a degree in psychology and is continued into my artwork. I also  spend a lot of time around nature and I try to travel as much as possible. I would say this has inspired my work more than anything. 

ARE THERE ANY PARTICULAR THEMES YOU FIND YOURSELF DRAWN TO IN YOUR WORK?

I have always been drawn towards natural forces and in particular, water. Growing up by the sea may have influenced this, but it seems to be an underlying concept in my work, even when I don't try! Mythology and philosophy fascinate me too. 

HOW OFTEN WOULD YOU SAY YOUR CREATIVE STYLE CHANGES, IF EVER?

All the time! I get bored very quickly and I have to move with that. I love to experiment with different forms of art, styles and themes. Often, I get a few different ideas at once, so I find myself starting a number of projects which have no connection whatsoever. As a person, I am inconsistent and this definitely reflects in my work and my need to change it up a lot.  

ARE THERE ANY ROUTES YOU WANT TO EXPLORE IN THE FUTURE THAT YOU HAVEN’T EXPLORED YET?

I love the minimalism movement that has come about recently and it's something I really want to explore in my art. Things like simple black line drawings, lots of white space and abstract shapes. 

DESCRIBE YOUR ARTISTIC STYLE IN THREE WORDS!

Abstract, fluid and expressive. 

WHERE IS THE CRAZIEST PLACE YOU HAVE FOUND INSPIRATION FROM?

I get very vivid, bizarre dreams and I sometimes wake up having found unique inspiration from those. However, I would say some of my favourite abstract work has come from a completely internal source, when I am at home creating without any kind of plan or structure. 

WHAT IS YOUR CURRENT SOUNDTRACK YOU ENJOY WORKING TO?

When I am seeking inspiration I like to listen to Oscar and the Wolf, Husky and SAFIA, as they all have an electronic, ethereal quality to them. At the moment when I am just relaxing and drawing, I love Devendra Banhart, RY X and Sufjan Stevens. 

HOW DO YOU THINK LIVING IN AUSTRALIA HAS INFLUENCED YOUR STYLE?

In so many ways! I have completely uprooted my life and it has felt like a total detox for me, which was much needed. The Australian approach to life is generally much more laid-back than back in the UK and Melbourne is a very environmentally aware city; with a lot of caring, liberal people in it. There are always demonstrations going on in the city and the food people eat is often healthy, local and organic. People really care about the Earth here and this has definitely shifted my artistic focus away from the internal, individual mind and more towards the external, for example taking note of the environment more. Melbourne is known for its creativity,  so I have been fortunate enough to meet lots of inspiring people and have dozens of inspiring galleries at my doorstep.