I graduated in 2009 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, majoring in Digital Character Animation. Despite having a degree in digital animation, I chose to specialize in stop-motion animation and spent the rest of my time drawing and illustrating.
Between 2012 – 2015, I lived in the David-Dante land of Florence, Italy, studying Classical Painting at the Florence Academy of Art. Take a peek at my paintings here. This came from an earlier dabble in Classical Drawing in Viborg, Denmark, where I did 6 months in the Drawing Academy in 2008. It was also in Denmark that I fell in love with the cold, windy silence of winter. This love of the windy silence continued again when I went to Bristol to study stop-motion for 3 months in 2010. It was there that I spent many contemplative days walking over hills and jostling through herds of deer to get to class.
Empathy for the Monster-Beast is the main narrative feature of my work, be it in painting, animation or illustration. My inspirations are coloured by the affectionate monsters of Odilon Redon, set in the acidic, ominous blue of the skies of Giorgio de Chirico, and expressed in the hands of Rodin. I love depicting characters and situations that reflect on the idea of the awkward Beast in the land of beauty. I’m ever curious about the concept of the Monster-Beast in myth and daily life, especially where the Beast, most often a cultural or social construct, has its own story and its own rejected version of humanity.
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