As a Fine Art graduate, I’ve always loved giving portraits to friends and family and the thrilled reaction I get from them. My first painted portrait was a thank-you gift for a friend I stayed with in Sydney using left over emulsion. This was soon followed by many large scale family portraits on canvas. The retro portraits of my friends when they were kids are my favourites.
However, paintings take a long time to dry and when I didn’t have enough time, I started to use the same style and technique to layer coloured paper instead of paint to create my first papercut portraits for friends – colourful collage illustrations of their children and loved ones.
I soon realised that papercut portraits make great postal gifts so I added them to my website and my customer base grew to people I didn’t know. Then I started selling on Etsy and it has taken off from there.
My range of work has developed over time and now includes papercut family portraits, pet portraits, house illustrations, wedding portraits and a wide range of colourful travel inspired papercut cards and gifts with a Mexican twist featuring Lucha Libre, Day of the Dead, tropical flowers, chillies and the odd giant cactus.