Originally from Cheshire, I attained an Art Foundation with distinction at Manchester before moving to Brighton to continue my lifelong interest in art. I completed an Honours Degree in Graphic Design and Illustration, however, my love of painting took me in a different direction. I move between the disciplines of drawing, still life and landscape, however, I am predominantly drawn to portraiture because of the challenge and intrigue of capturing character and likeness.
My paintings are an exploration and appreciation of rich colour, mood and light. I have a fascination with reflections and love to paint nighttime scenes with atmosphere and lamplight. I also paint murals and have decorated restaurants and private homes.
I have exhibited and worked for clients in the UK and Europe and particularly enjoy the experience of working on a commission to customer specification to ensure they receive a one-off piece of art that will give them pleasure for many years.
My teaching career has spanned many years, working with children and adults both as individuals and in groups of up to thirty, including students studying to GCSE and Degree levels. Art to me is anticipation, excitement, exploration, frustration, surprise, meditation and achievement. I teach to help others explore their own creativity, find their own personal style and experience the same joy that I feel when working at my art
You will find me teaching at The Dupont Art Club in Blatchington Rd, Hove, Aspire Adult Education, West Sussex, Varndean College, Brighton and Lawrence’s Art Studio on Kingsthorpe Rd, Hove.
Even if I had unlimited time I’d not be able to mention all the incredibly talented artists who’ve amazed and inspired me, here’s a small selection of my favourites.
1. John Singer Sargent, Reconnoitering, 1911, Palazzo Pitti, Florence, Italy
2. Harold Harvey, A Daughter of Newlyn, 1936, Private collection
3. Afarin Sajedi, Chef Offer 5, 2014, Private collection
4. Alice Neel, Self-Portrait, 1984, National Portrait Gallery
5. Wayne Thiebaud, Draftsman Cakes, 1942, Morgan Library & Museum
6. Sergei Chepik, Paris, 1993, The Art Fund Hugh Stoneman Archive
7. Marianne Stokes, Polishing Pans, 1885, Walker Art Gallery