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A lifelong passion for art
When I was younger I wanted to be an artist. So when it was time to go to university, I chose to study Fine Art. But while I arrived there as a traditional artist, something else soon took over...
I tend to paint according to my mood. I try and reflect the beautiful surroundings that I am so lucky to encounter everyday down in Cornwall. I use vibrant colours to bring life and excitement into my work and I am forever experimenting with different tones and values.
From art to entrepreneurship
My Mum and Dad had led an entrepreneurial lifestyle. My childhood was spent attending exhibitions, visiting factories, travelling mainly around Bali and Thailand – and it must have rubbed off! While studying for my degree, I found myself rummaging through my Dad’s network and calling up factories to ask if they wanted a new designer.
And hey presto, one of them did! I was invited out to China to visit the factory in Fuzhou and exhibit at the world’s largest Arts and Crafts fair in Guangzhou. I gained invaluable experience; establishing and maintaining relationships with the management team, working closely with the sales team, and gaining hands-on experience setting up exhibitions.
What’s more, I learned the hard way how to take ‘creative’ feedback from team leaders and clients, and I was able to practise and perfect my graphic design skills in the real world of business.
I’d gone from being a traditional artist to being a tech-driven creative, and I’ve never looked back.
Gained a Masters in Entrepreneurship
After finishing my degree I joined Falmouth University’s Launchpad Programme to learn how I could apply my art and design background in business. It taught me useful skills like how to identify a gap in the market, how to conduct competitor analysis, and how to create a solid marketing strategy. I learned tech skills as well, like how to design and create an app through prototyping.
My Art Today
Before lockdown, I was involved in a start-up company positioned in the Travel Industry, which has taken a major hit. Since the pandemic I have had the chance to pick up my paint brushes again and I now wish to continue my career as an Artist.
With every painting sold surplus donations will go towards Surfers Against Sewage - a marine conservation charity working with communities to protect oceans, waves, beaches and marine life.