But for now, my story ...
I was born in 1993 and was extremely lucky to grow up in a house that backed onto miles and miles of pure English countryside ... so much of my childhood was building dens, swimming down rivers and tucked away in a tree somewhere writing stories and drawing everything I saw. I spent two years of my childhood in Connecticut, USA ... my mom says that all my environment drawings have a North American feel to them and I strongly believe my time in the US has been ingrained into my soul.
I was 100% the teacher's pet at school, but just because I loved to learn anything and everything, and had a mega work ethic. My biggest passions were for Maths and Art, so that's the path I took. Then much to the disappointment of my school teachers I didn't pursue a career in Computer Science or Mathematics at a "top" University, but instead opted to learn Animation at Bournemouth University - to me, the perfect pairing of Maths and Art. I spent my entire time at University getting dire marks in Art but succeeding in Maths and Programming, so I was SURE I was going to become a programmer. But I drew every evening because I loved to do so, and I wanted to Direct every short film we got to make. In the end I won the award for Best Final Year Film and got a First Class degree in Animation. And so here I am, an artist simply because I decided I could live without Maths, but I couldn't live without art.
Now I spend my time Directing and Drawing for a living ... it was always my passion to tell stories, even since those days writing stories and illustrating them in my garden as a child (oh and did I mention I use to film my brother's action men dolls in our vegetable patch and use firecrackers to create my own war films!?). I never knew animation could be a job ... it was also fact that artists didn't make any money ... wasn't it?! But I couldn't stop creating. I learnt that by following what I was truly passionate about (regardless to whether it formed a feasible job at the end of it) and working hard that my dreams could come true (cringe ahaha).
I was lucky enough to direct and create my own short film "Via" with Blue Zoo Animation and I took it as a chance to show who I really was. It's been incredible to see it at festivals, winning awards and even making the BAFTA long-list. When you create something that is so much a part of who you are it can be scary to release that into the world, so I breathed a sigh of relief the first time someone said it made them cry (sorry!).
Recently I decided it was time to give this Author-Illustrating thing a go, and I've signed with the lovely folks over at the Bright Agency to see if I can tell stories that don't move - watch this space! (whilst, of course, still telling stories that move).
I also, in June 2019, took the plunge and became fully freelance. I am now a Freelance Director repped in a couple locations around the world by some talented studios whilst also undertaking freelance work in concept art/vis dev, colourscripts, art direction, environment design, illustration etc. If you'd like to work with me don't hesitate to drop me an email.
I am based in London, UK (but if you want me, I'll go anywhere aha), I decided that the countryside was a beautiful place to grow up, but I needed a little more hustle and bustle.
I direct, I draw, I write, I illustrate ... I tell stories.
When I do take a moment to pause, which is fairly rare, you'll find me watching Star Wars or Band of Brothers or anything that's new to Netflix or telling myself I should read a new book and ending up reading Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier for the millionth time, drinking a cup of Earl Grey tea (no milk, lemon if there is some) and concocting elaborate plans on how I can feasibly have a dog in my life.
And to end ... here's a smiley photo of me painting an epic waterfall in Iceland whilst sat on the edge of said waterfall ... rainbow included :)