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Drawing is fundamental to my work and I use this activity to try and express lived experience. I am interested in how we are connected emotionally, physically and intellectually to each other and to the world around us, and my work is an attempt to find a substantial form for this connectivity, a way of making images that speak of the ambiguous nature of intimacy, emotion and our place in the world. 

I make drawings directly from life, enjoying the challenge of working quickly and intuitively, to capture the vital quality of the subjects that inspire me. Studio works are developed from my collection of sketchbook drawings and photographs, and it is with these images that I attempt to evoke the essence, or story, of a subject through an exploration of mark making and composition.

If you have any questions about my work, or would like to enquire about commissions, exhibitions, or any of the courses I tutor on, please do get in touch via my contact page.


Education:

Norwich University of the Arts, MA Fine Art (Distinction), 2017 

University of Southampton, BA English (First Class Hons), 2001

Bournemouth & Poole College of Art & Design, Higher National Diploma in Natural History Illustration (Distinction), 1992

 

Exhibitions:

2019  Sir John Hurt Art Prize, Holt Festival, Auden Theatre Foyer, Gresham's School, Holt

2019  'Meeting With Myself', St Peter Mancroft Church, Norwich

2019  Refresh Art Award, 5th Base Gallery, 23 Heneage Street,  London

2018  'Recent Works', Anteros Gallery, Norwich

2018  Connection: Open 2018, Handa Gallery, Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk

2017  Hermione Hammond Drawing Award, Cass Art, Islington, London

2017  The Bishop’s Art Prize, The Hostry, Norwich Cathedral

2016  ‘Dialogues’, St Georges, Norwich University of the Arts

2013  ‘Paint Out Norwich’, The Hostry, Norwich Cathedral   

 

Published Texts:

Monahan, E. (2016), ‘Drawing pareidolia: Journal extracts reflecting on practice-based research’, Journal of Arts Writing by Students, 2: 2, pp. 127-40

 

Professional Practice:

2019  Tutor on 'Cultivating a Reflective Practice for Creative Development' workshop

2019  Co-founder and tutor on 'Just Draw It' courses

2018  Connection: Open 2018, 'First Prize'

2018  Drawing Tutor, Anteros Arts Foundation, Norwich

2017  The Bishop’s Art Prize, ‘First Prize’

2017  Hermione Hammond Drawing Award, ‘Highly Commended’

1992 – 2015 Illustrator (clients include OUP, Channel 4, Ladybird, Orchard Press, Dominie Press and QED Publishing)