I create paintings which strive towards beauty, and the happiness which that beauty can instil in the viewer. After spending nine years as a tenant at Manchester Craft and Design Centre, I recently relocated my studio to my home in Sale, Cheshire - all the better for combining painting with starting a young family. The subject matter of my paintings is rooted in my love of nature. My interest in the natural world began from an early age, growing up in rural Cumbria. If I were to identify a signature of my work, those already familiar with it would most likely mention glorified representations of butterflies, subject matter initially chosen as a vehicle to play with colour. My work is also influenced by eighteenth century printmakers such as Hokusai and Hiroshige, with their strong yet never garish colour palettes, and the beautiful patterns employed in Japanese kimono design. My trademark technique, developed over a number of years, is to use reproductions of my own paintings as collage material on the canvas. I continuously add to my own library of 'source' paintings, which are then reproduced and cut out ready to create a finished piece. The canvas backgrounds are painted with acrylics. When the collage has been secured in place, I use washes of inks, than may apply additional painted or drawn details. Finally a clear gloss varnish is applied, securing the collage, adding an opulent lustre, and bringing out the depth of colour. I have exhibited widely in the UK over the past decade, and exhibited and sold work internationally, with shows in Barcelona and Amsterdam. Original canvases and prints have travelled to collectors worldwide, including the USA, South America, and South Africa. In 2013 I was shortlisted for the New Lights Art Prize, which supports emerging young artists in the North of England.