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Drawing is fundamental to my work. Instinctively searching for lines and shapes that are of interest, 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. I am particularly interested in people and what they do, their everyday activities and interactions, and how these performances of often quite private functions play out in a public space.

I work primarily in pastel, which links colour with drawing, but I also draw in ink or charcoal and may use watercolours or oil paints. 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.


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:

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:

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)