I have always had an interest in art, from drawing pictures for my classmates at school, to being a highly commended artist in the David Shepherd Wildlife Artist of the Year 2020 competition. When I left school, it was no surprise that I entered into art college. The time spent at Burton art college was insightful, and gave me a positive introduction into the world of creative and fine art. After this period of artistic development, I found myself drawn to another lifelong interest; animals. Putting my artistic passion to one side, I ventured into the world of animal care. I spent two and half amazing years working in a veterinary practice, developing new skills and embracing new experiences. This period working amongst all different kinds of animals, gave me a unique insight into their biology. Before long, I was drawn back to my first love of art. With my new knowledge of animal anatomy, I was eager to get started on wildlife portraits and let my artistic imagination grow further. I soon started receiving commissions from family and friends to draw their pet portraits. This gave me the confidence to take my art more seriously. I started entering competitions, and was so excited to be accepted as a finalist in the much-acclaimed, David Shepherd Wildlife Artist of the Year competition. I was even more overwhelmed to have my entry, not only sold, but, “highly commended”. I currently enjoy the positive attention my work receives, being inspired by the natural world around me, and having the privilege of doing what I love.