I’m a freelance archaeological illustrator, specialising in finds (artefact) and reconstruction illustrations for excavation projects, museums and for publication. I was illustrator for the Catalhoyuk Archaeological Research Project for almost ten years, and now work on Amerindian sites in the Caribbean (the islands of Carriacou, Grenada, Nevis and St. Kitts), prehistoric sites on the Pacific island of Palau, and Mesolithic sites along the Danube in Serbia, including revisiting the excavations at Lepenski Vir.
Comics & Medicine
In 2010 I co-wrote and illustrated a graphic novel about Autism/Asperger Syndrome called Something Different About Dad. I presented a paper on the project at the second Comics and Medicine conference in Chicago. I’m currently working on a second medicine-related graphic novel, One of Those People, dealing with issues surrounding dependence and anti-depressants. I’ll be giving a paper on some of the ethical issues that came up during this project at the fourth Comics and Medicine conference in Brighton later this year.
Comics & Archaeology
Comics and graphic novels are becoming more prominent in my work at the moment. As part of public archaeology and outreach work in the West Indies, I produced a 12-part comic Archaeology in the Caribbean, which will be used as an educational tool on islands like Carriacou, Grenada, St. Kitts and Nevis. In the summer of 2012 I wrote a comic-book field journal of a season’s excavation on the island of Palau, and I’m giving a poster presentation about the project at the SAAs in Honolulu in April this year.
Following a year as artist-in-residence, I’m now a full apprentice at Fine Line Tattoos in Oswestry, studying under Rena’s expert guidance. I’ve been working on designs and a few willing victims for the past six months, but later this spring I’ll be let loose on real clients!