I believe we each have a responsibility to look after our shared environment to the best of our abilities. This conviction has a big impact on my business appproach, as sustainability has long been at the heart of how I live. I apply my principles to how I create my artwork, how I package and deliver my pieces, and the businesses that I trade with.
Materials with minimal waste
I like a simple approach to life, focussing on the small things, which makes pencil and pastel drawing a very good fit. I started drawing with a tin of pencils that I had been gifted, and soon realised that of these 12 I actually used very few. So now my pencil case contains just four pencils, with which I draw all of my graphite work. These pencils are mechanical so I use refills when the pencil lead wears down, and have only replaced one of these refill packs once in the last 20 years.
Recycled and compostable packaging
When wrapping an artwork to be delivered to either a client or an exhibition, I always use repurposed packaging. This takes the form of reusing bubble wrap and cardboard from deliveries I have received, and I will seal the packaging with paper tape which is both compostable and recyclable.
Plastic free portraiture
My greetings cards are plastic free, and the cellophane that wraps and protects my unframed portraits is biodegradable and home compostable.
Supporting independent art businesses
As a business owner myself, I appreciate the importance of supporting our independents, and when possible local traders also.
My fine art prints, framing, and printing of promotional materials are always provided by fellow small Cornish businesses. Not only does this support my local economy, but the service is personal and the quality unsurpassed.
This website and my branding was created and is hosted by a Cornish design company with a conscience, leading the way in having an ethical digital presence.
I highly recommend Stable Art, St Austell Printing Company, Ridgeline Studio, Cult Pens and Jackson’s Art Supplies to my fellow creatives and those who are keen to make conscious decisions with their shopping and supply chains.
As a vegan myself, I use art materials which are vegan friendly. When not in my art studio, I love to be in my garden tending to my flowers, fruit and vegetables. My good fortune in having a space where I can grow food brings me great pleasure. It nourishes me in many ways, and has enabled me to connect with my local community as I share seeds, plants, tips and conversation with passers by.
By focussing on sustainability in my every day life I have enriched my days in so many ways. I am excited to be able to share some of the ways of lower impact living with others too.