Each year in the run up to Carnival, the Department for the Creative Arts at the University of the West Indies recreates the 'Old Yard' , complete with actors and students performing as traditional carnival characters. For the past few years I have turned up with my art materials and taken up the challenge of capturing something of this spectacle. It is always a dynamic performance, which means it's often possible only to make a few marks on the paper before the pose has changed completely...
My father, Paul Deacon, is an artist in my home town of Malmesbury. In January 2014 we joined forces to produce 'Sketch', a 2 week exhibition of sketch book pages, swatches and observational drawings, displayed in Malmesbury Town Hall's John Bowen Gallery. Paul's sketches were compiled over several years in many different locations - from the Sea of Cortez to the East coast of Scotland. My work was exclusively produced while living in Trinidad and Tobago over the past 3 years, including super-quick watercolours of carnival characters, and pastel-finished paintings produced during travels in the rainforests of French Guiana.
I am a keen artist in my spare time. I currently run a natural history art group within the TTFNC.