My life story or there abouts!
How it all began
My artistic career really has only just started. For over 30 years I worked for BT and then the Civil Service in various Customer Service type roles. I still brought my creativity to work. By using illustration to explain complex situations, drawing a diagram to solve a problem, and creating gifts and cards for colleagues. I started to explore my creativity again and started to create various craft based items to sell at local events. Slowly I started to enjoy creating again and realised my love of drawing was still very much alive.
I married lovely Dave and within ten years I was running my little mixed media business, Sally’s Shed, from a studio in the garden. Working with glass, fabric, fibre and eventually reclaimed wood. I created hand painted buildings and street scenes on old drawer fronts, off cuts of floor boards or bits of a childs desk. It evolved to creating contained Story Boxes, mixed media pieces of imaginary villages and towns. When in 2015 I was made redundant I decided to dedicate all my time to my creative business.
We moved to Lostwithiel in Cornwall from the West Midlands in 2017. I established myself within the creative community in Cornwall and did local events, Etsy Made local in St. Ives and the Bedruthan Spring Fair.
In 2018 I wanted a challenge so I chose to do the 100 day project on Instagram. I sketched a Lostwithiel building every day for 100 days. After a couple of weeks the local business group started to promote my sketching on line. Then the people of Lostwithiel started to ask for specific buildings to be sketched. What was a revelation to me was the interesting social history I collected as I went around the town. So I am exploring producing a book about my project with the help and guidance of the local Museum curator. I had an exhibition in Q Street Coffee cafe in September last year which was a roaring success.
I feel that I have just begun my illustration practice. I have just applied to do an MA in Illustration to push to me to be more courageous within my work. Currently I am doing a year long project by travelling around the coast of Cornwall sketching. Plus collecting snippets of history as I go. In addition I am writing and illustrating a small column in the Cornwall Today magazine based on my love of cafes; illustrating the cafe, explaining what I like about it and collecting a recipe from the owners. Research is really hard!
All my projects have sense of place and my love of buildings at their heart. And my need to tell a story through my work and travels. I would like to illustrate social history through the places, buildings, and people of Cornwall. As although I was born and brought up in the Midlands my grandmother was from Helston. I can trace my Cornish roots back many centuries.
I love doing commissions of peoples homes and special places. Have a look at my Gallery to see how I capture the character of the building not just the bricks and mortar!