my practice is an exploration of natural sciences through a multi disciplinary practice.

concepts stem from many aspects of natural science including current medical research and natural history.

i combine these with the symbolism associated with vanitas and memento mori that includes skulls, butterflies, flowers and shadows to reference the transience of life and the fragility of human existence.

i like to emulate the sense of awe and wonder associated with the cabinets of curiosities or wunderkammer that were first established in the seventeenth century in an attempt to categorise and tell stories about the wonders of the natural world, offering a strange link between ancient myth and scientific reality.

i respond to the current relationship with the natural world which man seems determined to destroy whilst simultaneously re creating, cloning and de extincting.

i am currently concerned with the relationship between plants, insects and birds – the often overlooked indicators of the changing climate.

there is already evidence that the delicate balance of their interdependent lifecycles is being disrupted. pollinators, such as bees and butterflies, visit flowers to harvest their nectar and pollen; they are essential for flower reproduction and, as their lifecycles are becoming increasingly out of synchronization, they decline.

this is especially worrying for agriculture as at least one third of the total volume of agricultural produce relies on pollination. the pollinators also play a crucial part in wild food chains.

some of the work represents current facts such as plight of the bumblebees and fading beauties. these drawings depict the actual number of species of bumblebees and butterflies currently critically endangered in UK.

there are also symbolic references, for example crows are associated with prophecy – a prediction of things to come. they are also said to be a sign of change as they are able to adapt to any situation, whilst moths are associated with vulnerability.