I started working as a professional photographer in the late 90’s when I opened my first studio offering a range of digital editing services, wedding, portrait and commercial photography.
In 2014 I moved to the beautiful South Lakeland town of Ulverston, Cumbria where I began to focus more on landscape photography and digital art.
Living in Cumbria with The Lake District just 20 min away is the perfect place for landscape photography with so many beautiful places to photograph from the lakes, fells and mountains to the coastline and villages.
In addition to my camera equipment, I picked up my first drone in 2020, it’s quite a learning curve to be able to use this for photography as it’s a whole new perspective on the landscape, but it’s so interesting being able to see and photograph the landscape from a whole new dimension, finding shapes and patterns that work as a photograph can be a challenge but worth it.
Having a drone also opens up more possibilities commercially too as I also take commissions for aerial photography too.
This includes homes, houses, hotels looking for aerial photography for prints or use on websites and promotional tools. and buildings, plots of land, campsites and caravan parks for clients, and also carry out inspection work providing detailed images and video of hard to reach places like roof inspections, chimneys, aerials etc.
During the Lockdown of 2020, unable to get out and about I turned my attention to focusing on digital art when I was told about an amazing portrait artist Tom Croft, ( Instagram @tomcroftartist https://www.instagram.com/tomcroftartist/ ) who had started to offer free portraits for NHS front line workers through #portraitsfornhsheroes on Instagram.
So I decided to join in with the now 100’s of other artists and offer to do some portraits in my own digital watercolour style.
The response was overwhelming, within a week I’d done 5 portraits for some local people, and once other people picked up on these the requests came flooding in. Over the next couple of months, I’d completed just over 100 free portraits for NHS and frontline workers all across the UK. The comments and feedback I received were beautiful, I had no idea these portraits would mean so much to people.
At this point, my portraits were selected to appear in a published book “Through the locking glass” showcasing the work of Cumbrian artists through the lockdown,
All profits from the sale of this book are donated to Cumbrian NHS Trusts and local grassroots arts organisations.
You can read moor, buy and support the book here: https://www.inspiredbylakeland.co.uk/collections/books/products/through-the-locking-glass
The publication of this book was quickly picked up by local papers and magazines, and my portraits were chosen to be featured in the Northwest Evening Mail and Cumbria Life too.
Portraits For NHS Heroes – Hardback
All royalties from this book,a minimum of £2.50 from the sale of each book, will be paid to NHS Charities Together (registered charity no. 1186569) to fund vital projects.
You can read more, buy and support this work here :
And then the portraits appeared on the cover of the Morecambe Bay Medical Journal, who was also writing an article about the Through the Locking Glass book.
So, 2020 turned out to be a very interesting year, I felt very privileged to be involved in those projects and being part of something that touched so many people and also raising money for some very good causes.
2020 also was when I produced my first Jigsaw. I had been asked about jigsaw’s previously, but didn’t have the time to put into developing them, so my first jigsaw was produced in time for Christmas and went down really well, so well that I now have a range of 7 designs of jigsaws available depicting scenes from Cumbrian towns.
Jigsaws are available to buy here
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