I’m an artist based in Leicester whose mixed-media artwork and soundscapes are predominately inspired by birdlife, including natural science collections and scientific research shared by museums and wildlife charities. I’ve been an artist for almost 14 years whilst working part-time for art centers and universities in various marketing roles.
At the start of 2021, I promised myself that I would go full time with my art career and spend more time outside to improve my bird identification skills. I’m pleased to say that this is exactly what I have done, and I have a handful of birdsong recordings by bird recorder Geoff Sample as a handy reminder of the different nuances.
Like many other bird amateurs, I am keen to visit local nature reserves, including Wildlife Trust sites in the hope of identifying new bird species through sight and sound. I’ll document my experience by noting down the birds, taking photographs, and sometimes sketching the bird/surroundings which I finish later on in my studio.
I also record the sound of the dawn chorus in various locations across Leicestershire. I find this experience almost meditative as I’m usually immersed in darkness and the sound of birdsong is amplified by a microphone, meaning every tiny call or movement is heard over headphones.