I have always relished every opportunity to make and draw. Carefully collaged butterflies at playschool and submissions to Tony Hart’s Gallery led to countless hours spent at life drawing classes, and a Fine Art Degree at the Slade School of Art. After graduating I sought a more structured environment within which to create, and I found this in theatre design. In 2000 I trained to be a set and costume designer at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, and subsequently designed productions at theatres including the Tron Theatre, Glasgow, Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory, The Duke’s Theatre, Lancaster and Dream Think Speak. I also assisted other designers: Tom Piper, Julian McGowan, Michael Vale and Richard Aylwin.
In 2002 I started working on projects for Welsh National Opera and London symphony Orchestra. In collaboration with songwriters, composers and conductors, I designed and delivered workshops in primary schools, producing art with children for large scale productions.
Working alongside young artists has always inspired me. Their infectious energy and enthusiasm is a catalyst for the creation of great art, which is relentlessly thought-provoking, positive and challenging. I started Treefrog Art in 2018, with a vision of providing high quality, engaging, visual art workshops in school and community settings.