I graduated from (BA) illustration with animation and MA illustration at the Manchester School of Art. I am currently working there as a teaching assistant. A lot of my painted work is done with recycled materials or on recycled surfaces to minimise waste. I am a big fan of the abstract, the ridiculous and the surreal. Observation is key; inspiration comes from looking and understanding is brought by drawing. Through active research, conversation, and by physically placing oneself within the subject in question, one deepens their knowledge and comes close to full understanding. I have just finished working on a book titled '(the) Cave Starter Pack', a compendium picture book for adults - a visual exploration tackling different aspects of caves and human interaction with them. As part of my research for this book, I worked closely with the caving community and at various relevant locations (underground and over-ground) in the UK.