I was told by a very talented stone sculptor, a lecturer at Loughborough, that "if you can draw, you can achieve anything in art" and I truly believe this. Drawing, as well as being a form of artistic expression, can be a way of recording information/research, to evidence and store ideas and develop concepts.

The majority of my art pieces are initiated through sketches and quick studies and I acquire photographic evidence to back up my findings and aid in the visual development of pieces. I always keep a sketchpad or notepad close at hand, as ideas and concepts often emerge as I work on other pieces and so it is essential to capture thoughts as they occur. Firsthand findings are the most fruitful and I visit a multitude of locations to gather information.

Wherever possible I sketch onsite and back up my findings with photographs.

This is particularly useful when studying animals and birds, as it is impossible to collate a complete visual impression with drawings alone.

My style of logging information varies considerably; I produce representational studies, quick sketches and compositional drawings, which I also extend with information from books and the internet.

After initial research, I begin to work in textiles using free machine embroidery, returning to drawing in order to explore design and composition and to re-evaluate ideas. Pieces are often reworked or modified as the focus changes and develops. The work is incredibly time consuming and larger pieces can often take a number of months to complete.

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