My designs are inspired by living in Cornwall, my daily walks in the coastal countryside with Rufus my labradoodle, and my family’s surfing heritage in Cornwall. Family photos of my grandparents on the beach in knitted swimsuits and flowery bathing hats, the World Bellyboard Championships, Wild Swimming, vintage Vogue photos of midcentury bathing suits, vintage Matchbox Labels art, great British seaside, Lido lounging.
My dad was an agriculturalist, so I grew up in a family keen on gardening, plants, flower and nature. Working in my garden studio, I create my illustrations after drawing inspiration from Cornish Nature. Beach combing, searching the strandline for interesting shells, pebbles and seaweeds, as well as family fishing trips, visiting botanical gardens and foraging for elderflowers, nuts and sloes along Cornwall’s unique hedgerows have proved to be a fantastic inspiration for my work.