When and how did you first get into art/illustration?
I honestly cannot remember a specific time. I have always drawn, though the dream has changed. As a child I used to want to be a children’s book illustrator, as a teen as fashion illustrator and I guess that transition to being an adult starts to begin that process of individualism and opinions in your work. That is where I am at the moment I guess.
Did you always know you wanted to be an artist?
Yes and no. I knew, I always wanted to be doing something creative but I think at a younger age it was a more of a practical dream; an interior designer or a fabric designer but now I could not imagine following a brief.
Where did you study?
Chelsea college of art (textile design – I realised following a brief wasn’t for me after three years). And then Saint Martins College Of Art, studying Fashion Communication. My masters and the course was the toughest but best thing i’ve ever done.
Why the female nude?
It polarises people. I find it interesting (as I don’t) that people are uncomfortable with the naked form in particular the female body. It’s been so historically heavily restricted so for myself, the nude (or naked women) is about freedom, no judgement and no ownership.
Do you ever get bored of drawing the female form?
People ask me that a lot. No, I don’t think so. I don’t think I am yet saying what I want to say with it yet, so I will wait till I am exhausted by it all and then move on.
How did your new book ‘Body’ come about? Is it something you’ve always wanted to do?