When you discuss a painting project with me, I will ask you about the themes and mood you'd like it to include, and about the person, pet or landscape it's depicting. I work mostly in oils on canvas, although ink and charcoal sketches are a big feature in my studio practice too. My paintings feature strong colours and brushstrokes to match the strong characters portrayed.
In my fine art practice, I use paint to explore themes of identity, internal narrative and reflection. My favourite subjects are portraits and animals, because with these I can capture a moment of communication between sitter and viewer. And my landscapes include signs of human influence - buildings, boats, benches - through which we can enter the scene.
I love the portraits of Cezanne, Van Gogh and Munch and the way that oil paint's vibrant colours and texture can express a mood and capture a moment.
My paintings are intended to make the viewer take a moment to consider the subject's personal identity and what they may be feeling or thinking - what their internal narrative is at that moment, building a habit of empathy.
I studied at the universities of Manchester and London and have a Master's in Victorian Studies. I left a career in marketing and fundraising to go back to art just before lockdown and have been painting professionally since then. The story so far...
Solo exhibition at Queens Park Arts Centre, Aylesbury, April-May '23
Solo exhibition at Aylesbury Library, October '23
Selection for Longwick Art Show, February '24
Selection for Bedford Flea Affordable Art Market, October '23
Selection for representation in The Workhouse Gallery, Dunstable
Selection for Mentmore Arts Festival
Selection for the Rowsham Creatives show at Bucks Art Weeks
Selection for representation in Pops & Chops Artworks Gallery, Leighton Buzzard
Committee member, Bucks Art Weeks
Committee member and exhibition committee member, Leighton Buzzard Art Society
Three pieces bought by restaurant chain 'The Lounges'
Taking part in the Leighton Buzzard Art Society group shows
Feature in 'Hidden Talents' art magazine, March '23
40 commissions bought
50 other paintings sold