2008 Graduated from University of West England with a First Class (Hons) degree in Fashion Illustration.
Growing up in a small Cotswold town sparked a passion for nature from a young age. Her Father worked as a commercial printer when she was a child, filling the house with paper, which only encouraged her love of drawing. She shared her childhood with a creative younger sister (now academic & museum Curator), an inspiring Mother & loving Grandparents who encouraged long walks and bird watching.
Her creative enthusiasm was encouraged throughout school and growing up in the 1980's left her with ambitions of becoming an illustrator for Disney.
In 2001 at the age of 18, Gemma was a passenger in an RTA. Suffering serious injuries, including spinal fractures, life went on hold as she progressed through a long period of recovery. The aim to get back onto an artistic path helped her move forward with her life and over 10 years on from the accident she had completed college courses and graduated with First Class Honours from the University of West England.
She now lives and works from her studio in Bristol with her husband contemporary artist CopyRight.
Her contemporary style experiments with pattern, texture and symbolism. Exploring the meaning of Fragility, Love, Life and Loss, drawing on her own life experiences of a near death and mortality.
Her artworks have crossed from gallery walls to high street fashion labels, interiors and street art murals. Exhibiting internationally including the Houses of Parliament in Westminster.
Clients have included: Facebook NY, ASOS, TopShop, Claridges, Latitude Festival, Bristol Life Magazine and Mercure Hotel Group.
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