I'm currently based in Fremantle, Western Australia - where I moved with my paint brushes, scalpels and partner in 2007.
I spent my early years in Hong Kong and I was lucky enough to travel widely throughout my childhood and teens - all over Europe and much of Asia. When not giving in to my wanderlust, the intervening years were spent in the UK, growing up in rural Sussex, and studying and working in Brighton and London. I still love all things travel related and am obsessed with maps and globes.
A long time ago I studied 3D and Furniture Design at Central St Martin's and Middlesex University in London. I didn't learn much, except that I'm a technological dinosaur, better suited to playing with bits of wood and wire than wrestling with a computer to make office chairs.
I also discovered my brain thinks better in 3D and that I draw better with a scalpel than a pencil. I developed my love of colour, pattern and shiny things and a penchant for skip-diving, using recycled materials and papier mache.
Once I left college, I started making animal sculptures and the occasional map from papier mache. I sold these through galleries and shows, whilst paying the rent by working in the art department of a large London bookshop.
Initially I just made globes and world maps, however, I soon started getting commissions for individual maps and the business took off.
I got a studio, threw in the day job and was both excited and mildly astonished to discover people would pay me to make maps of their favourite places. I realised work could (and should) be fun and exciting. Best of all, I found could make a living from combining my true passions - travel, sculpting, painting and 3D illustration.
I now work from a studio, a stone's throw from the beach, in South Fremantle, Western Australia. When not working on my next map project, I can be found beachcombing at the edge of the sparkling Indian Ocean - or sampling the local Margaret River wine at the pub.