I am an artist and designer specialising in life painting and drawing. I live and work in Oxfordshire where I spend my time juggling the two disciplines, and my two children.
I have been life drawing and painting for over ten years. I have worked in design since graduating with a BA in Furniture and Product design in 2000. Art, however, has always been at the heart of my work and I have been lucky enough to study under the watchful eye of artist and former RCA tutor Bobby Gill since 2004. I can't overestimate Bobby's influence, she has taught me so much. Gently challenging me, while encouraging my individual style to evolve.
My work is a collection of honest and thoughtful life studies. I work spontaneously from the model using the paints to find the figure in a loose and reflective way. I like to be bold with my colours and try to be sensitive with my interpretation of body language. I paint with oils, on paper, cardboard and canvas. I never sketch out a painting first, but prefer to go straight in with paint, moving the figure around on the canvas as I go. Most of my paintings are created in an hour sitting, while my drawings in inks are usually no more than ten or 15 minutes. I enjoy working quickly and rarely return to a piece once the initial pose is over. I think the decisions I make quickly are often more honest, and I enjoy the happy accidents that occur along the way. Because of this I tend to produce quite a bit, much of which never sees the light of day again, but still contributes something to the pieces you see here.
May 2017 - Movement, Cornerstone Arts Centre.
May 2017 - The Jam Factory, Oxford.