What do you like about working in Gourock? What made you want to move there from London?
Gourock is a hidden gem. My home studio is literally 100 yards from the water. We have this huge promenade that’s amazing for walks at any time of the day – I do always make sure I wrap up as it is Scottish weather, after all!
The culture and lifestyle here is incredible; people enjoy socialising and helping one another, it’s a really friendly place. The high street consists of independent stores from different creative sectors, which is wonderful. In honesty, it’s always been a dream of mine to set up a studio back in Gourock. I always had a belief that I could create world-class work with world-class clients from my hometown, and I’m doing that right now.
Are you currently working on any personal projects? If so, how do you manage your time alongside other work?
Personal projects are very important to my business, as they allow me to experiment and try new things. I am currently working on a new installation with an acrylic fusion style that I’ve created. I’m aiming to push the boundaries with this one, in terms of scale and texture.
My personal projects are what actually launched my career as an independent designer. I was of the belief that I should be creating the type of work I would like clients to hire me for, and that is exactly what I have been doing. In the beginning, when working in a full-time job, I used to dedicate one hour each evening after work to a personal project. These hours add up over the weeks and months and, with time, I was able to complete and showcase personal projects that I am proud of to this day. This tactic actually made my productivity levels much higher.