My work is greatly influenced by the lure of folklore, fairytales and urban legends. I am drawn to that combination of fantasy worlds which are, so often, deeply anchored in the reality of human psychology and behaviour.
The seeds were sown at an early age by my maternal grandmother, who loved nothing more than to give us a polo mint (before bed time and after cleaning teeth) and recall stories of her youth. She was also incredibly superstitious and prone to resort to her store of old wives tales. We were told to "never do your laundry on New Years Day or you will wash someone out of the family", or to "never give gloves as a gift or you will fall out". I still daren't do either of these things for fear of the consequences.
However, she really did instill a love of stories and myths in me, which I continue to explore. My work sometimes strays from these themes, but I usually find myself drawn back to the forest.