Photo: Tom Nielsen-Marsh

Photo: Tom Nielsen-Marsh

I was born in 1972 in Caerleon, Wales. For 13 years I was a molecular palaeontologist. I hunted for biomolecules in extinct creatures across the world - ending up in Leipzig, a beautiful city not so far from the magical Thuringian forest and the wonderfully surreal landscape of Saxon Switzerland. 

In September 2007 I left science to focus on art. Since then, I have exhibited in Germany, Sweden and the UK, and of course in Leipzig where I still live. My work can be found in private collections in Europe, the US and New Zealand.

My work is inspired by real, familiar landscapes and the fauna and flora which inhabit them.  I choose to work in oil for my larger pieces because I love the texture and emotion that oil can create.  For me, it is a liberating medium through which everything and anything seems possible.

I am a self-taught artist.  My style is my own but, the natural world aside, the following are all inspirational to me: the Expressionists’ use of colour to produce emotion; the magical jungles of Henri Rousseau; the detailed worlds found on the borders of illuminated manuscripts; European folkart, folklore and fairytales; the depiction of the English countryside and its ancient history and monuments by surrealist artist Paul Nash.