Having qualified with a fine art degree from Birmingham in 2000 I then went on to pursue a career in web based graphic design. However a love and interest in animals had a strong hold and I changed my career completely to become an animal keeper starting at Longleat Safari Park and then eventually settling at Monkey World. When starting a family it gave me the opportunity to rediscover painting, combining my love of nature, animals and art.
After a commission to paint two beautiful dogs from a breed that I had never come across before, I decided to read up about these extraordinary dogs known as the Podenco. Podencos are used for hunting in Spain and are often cruelly abused. The Podencos plight has touched and inspired me, so through my paintings I wish to tell their story's and raise awareness.