Born and raised in the East Midlands to a large family, I have held a deep, emotional connection with art and creativity since I was five years old. I'm both self-taught and educated by my Grandad, Paul Thorpe, who is a published plane designer. I specialise in painting from the human form and experimenting with abstraction and social issues. I hold qualifications in Life Drawing and extensive experience in printmaking. I hold a strong passion for fine art education and its benefits to young people both inside and outside of artistic roles. My strongest support came from teachers and lecturers inside art education, and I hope to pass on this dedication to others. My projects evolve from the need to replicate the reality of living with Body Dysmorphic Disorder, and the warped sense of self-image. The social element to my work is both representing marginalized communities while also encouraging young creatives to continue into the arts.