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I have enjoyed drawing and painting all my life and remember being delighted when I discovered that it was possible to merge this love with my interest in archaeology. I studied archaeology at Bradford University, graduating in 2001 and produced my dissertation on ‘The Illustration of Repoussé Decorated Metalwork of the Eurasian Iron Age’, for which the first pen and ink drawing on this page was the main part.
I worked as an illustrator for Oxford Archaeology between 2002 and 2008 where I took tuition in artefact illustration from Robert Reed of Swindon University and went on to work on drawings for various publications.
The samian bowl illustrations at the top of the facing page were a particular challenge as they required me to ‘unwrap’ the curved surface decoration in order to represent it on the two-dimensional page.
Another related pursuit has been my still life painting in oils, which has been a pleasure of mine for the last ten years or so. This has certainly both informed and been informed by my interest in photography and design, with its emphasis on composition, tone and colour.