I am a largely self taught artist, taking advantage of evening and weekend classes wherever I've lived over the years. I studied at The Academy of Fine Art in Hong Kong for a year in the 90s for two hours a week, drawing pots in pencil under the very critical and rarely appraising eye of Mr Chan! It was invaluable training in observation. I spent a year part time at a college in New Zealand, where we lived for twelve years, learning printmaking and painting which was fabulous and I would have continued had we not returned to live in the UK in 2016. I worked as a picture framer in NZ, qualified to Guild level and had my own workshop just outside Wellington that incorporated a gallery to show some wonderful local artists. Sadly I rarely exhibited as I was too busy framing.
We now live on the borders of Leicestershire, Rutland and Northamptonshire in the beautiful Welland Valley and I'm lucky enough to have a lovely little studio in the garden which I retreat to on a regular basis. I sketch often and enjoy capturing people going about their everyday business, looking at the colours around us and the shadows that are formed. My main source of inspiration is the human face, form and body language and I have developed a love first and foremost for portraiture and figurative work.
Amongst my commissions I’ve painted children and adults in oil and occasionally watercolour, dogs and horses.
I won one of SkyArts Portrait artist of the Week last year with my portrait of Clare Balding and painted 8 (free) portraits of NHS workers as part of a nationwide effort by artists to give something back and say 'thankyou'.