A lifelong interest in science fiction came full circle in 2010, when I finally began realising my own visions of future times and places. Taking inspiration from classic SF literature, my work pays homage to yesterday’s visions of tomorrow, yet remains contemporary and distinctive in style.
I first encountered computer art during a school art class in 1990 – a moment that would ultimately define my career in graphic arts. As an avid reader, I appreciate a book’s cover art as much as the words inside, and it was this love which led to me pursuing my ambition to create my own pieces and work as a cover illustrator. I regularly exhibit my artwork on the UK science fiction convention scene.
Music is the other aspect of my work. I have been composing atmospheric instrumental music since 2006, under the name The Light Dreams. It comes as no surprise that there is an overlap between my art and music, which takes influence from science fiction, travel and dreams as numerous pioneering artists and composers.
In 2012, I became honorary artist and musician for the Initiative for Interstellar Studies, and I have since released several albums in support of the Initiative. My work is independently released via the Bandcamp platform.
In a more down-to-Earth moment, a specially commissioned piece of artwork, Trailblazers, was presented to HRH The Duke of Cambridge at the launch of The Prince William Award, in early 2017.