Originally from Kenya, I’m a professional artist living in Manchester, in the UK. I love to create vibrant, intricate pieces inspired by everyday interactions and emotions. My work is available as a collection of gift and homeware items, as prints, or in original form.
I also do one off commissions, particularly of cityscapes, as well as large wall murals which are perfect for brightening up dull office spaces or bringing a unique piece of art into your home.
What’s your artistic background?
I consider myself to be mostly self-trained as an artist. I’ve been drawing and creating for many years, and I’m never without my sketchbook! I attended London Camberwell University of Arts in 2005, which expanded my skill-set.
What are your influences?
I’m lucky to have travelled to many places all over the world, and it’s this experience that I think has enriched my creative style. I was struck by the intricacies of the Far East, and the vibrant, visual culture of South America.
In terms of artists, there are many urban and architectural pieces which excite me. I also love the mathematical work of M.C. Escher, he creates a world of impossibility and forces you to see everything with fresh eyes.
What do people notice first in your work?
I’m often told the colours, detail and quirky elements are the first things people notice in my work. I love that people always seem to feel such unique emotions when looking at artwork. It’s these that fascinate me; the stories people tell, and the journeys they remember when spotting a familiar place.
2018 saw me going International with the creation of my Berlin cityscape, featuring city greats the Fernsehturm TV Tower, Checkpoint Charlie, and the famous Victory Column amongst many other landmarks.
My Manchester Bee piece also came to fruition in 2018 and incorporates elements of Manchester from the Roman fort to the new Deansgate square skyscraper. You can find out more about the Bee and it’s connection to Manchester here.
Moving into another area of products I developed a line of glassware, including balloon gin glasses and whiskey tumblers, which feature simplified city skylines etched onto the glass using a sandblasting technique. Current cities include Manchester, London, Liverpool, Leeds, Durham, and Newcastle, with more being adding all the time.
My London piece incorporates all of the much loved landmarks associated with the capital such as Big Ben, the Shard, the London Eye, and the Houses of Parliament.
The Newcastle piece proudly captures everything best loved by the city including St James’ Park, Gateshead Millenium Bridge, the Quayside, and Byker Grove.
Each piece is available in both colour and black and white and across a variety of products including coasters, aprons, and mugs.
My larger art pieces are expressions of emotions and leave room for the viewer to interpret their own images and sentiments. I generally like to tell stories within my work, and the closer you look the more you see. I sell original artwork and prints, as well as items including colouring sheets, mugs, drinks coasters, tote bags, greeting cards and travel mugs. I have also do one off commissions, particularly of my new cityscape range.
2015 saw a focus on more cityscape drawings. These are all hand drawn and begin with a black and white ink illustration. The backgrounds are painted with watercolours and ink and digitally put together.