I teach at the University of Brighton where I am the course leader for MA Sequential Design/Illustration and MA Arts & Design by Independent Project. I also supervise PhD students and teach a visual diary class to BA Art and Design students. I am originally from America but now live in London.
'Day Return to Brighton' is an ongoing diary project of now over a thousand drawings on used train tickets from my daily commute from London to Brighton. When I started the series I set a few ground rules to help me remember what was important in the work. I limited the drawing materials to pencil, pen (black and blue ink only) and Tipp -Ex (white correction fluid), which keeps the project portable. I never throw tickets away: if I make a mistake I keep working on it until I'm left with something I like or can use, which might mean ending up with a virtually black ticket if things go badly wrong. For the most part I try to work with mistakes, remembering that I'm allowed some less than wonderful tickets over the long haul. Also, every ticket used in the series must be mine, and only those used for my daily commute to Brighton. This reinforces my initial objective, which was to try to find a positive way to acknowledge the time and money invested in commuting. Each ticket represents one day of my working life.