THE FINISHED PIECE
But it takes a lot to get there…
INSPIRATION AND PROCESS
I am inspired directly by my love of bird watching on nature reserves and what I experience around me. I source images from bird photographers who capture something special, and its important for me to have my audience involved with my art. I then translate these into contemporary illustrations based on notions of our pop culture, what we are drawn to in the consumerist world, and the clash of modern life against nature. This results in a juxtaposed contrast of carefully hand drawn images, into colourful bold creations. An idea of a finished piece is often vividly in mind before I have even sat down to begin designing.
I want people who love nature as much as me to be the main focus of my art! Connecting with others who not only appreciate bird life but nature and the outdoor lifestyle too is what drives my work as an artist. Bird photographers both amateur and professional are what brings my visions alive. I often focus my latest work on birds recently seen, or rare birds that remind us to support and look after species for the future. Their is also many opportunities to enjoy bird watching in Cumbria and the lake district! The goldfinch is a frequent visitor to my garden.
Once I have an image sourced that really inspires my creative vision I get to work in the studio. Drawing is the start of all my work, learnt from years of life drawing and observing species directly in the wild. I have a growing collection of fine liners and once I have completed drawing a pencil outline, out come the fine liners to construct the basis of my design! I love the detail you can get with them and accuracy of crisp lines.
Taking my illustration and combining with influences from art I personally connect with, I begin bringing the drawing to life. I use digital editing to apply block colour to my specific colour scheme. The colours I use are re-imagined from Pop Art back in the 60's. I source bold colours from our mass consumerism society we live in much like the pop artists, flooding the drawing with vibrant hues. Underneath that colourful exterior lies a more purposeful story. . .
Why the name 'fully fledged art'
I have been passionate about birds and conservation for a long time. I also knew from a very young age that art and creativity is just who I am, and will always be my path I want to follow in life.
Drawing and illustration has been something I became intrigued as a way of capturing birds from about the age of 8 years old, when I asked my Father "how do you draw a swan?". I spent all day perfecting the doodle he demonstrated to me, and then I started drawing from as many bird books I could find.
It is also a play on the fact that so many birds today fight for their survival in the world of conservation and literally if they make it past fledglings they too might stand a chance on making it in the world. The name came naturally from these two ideas, oh and I love my puns too as you might be able to tell!