I wanted to be an artist from a very early age. However, it took me until 25 to begin to seriously consider a career making art and even longer to label myself a ‘professional’ artist.
I dabbled with a range of possible professions (a brief stint in advertising was a definite low point) and then found myself working in marketing in a traditional business environment for many years. This was probably the best experience I could have asked for. It kept me grounded and provided a skill set which I think is key to survival in the rapidly shifting landscape in which artists are faced with today.
The path of a creative person is fraught with tremendous difficulty and challenge, but now that I’ve found it, I wouldn’t have it any other way.
I've lived in the UAE for much of my life and my studio space is divided between a central location right in the middle of the city, and a local makerspace I use to cut my pieces.
When I’m not making art, I'm out running. I started six years ago, built my way up ultra distance events (anything over a marathon distance). Now, running and making art are inherently connected (however random that may seem). Somewhere in the many miles covered each week, comes the clarity of mind to create new work.