I was born in Worksop, Nottinghamshire in 1977 and currently live in London where I have a studio at Redlees in Isleworth, West London.
I studied Art with Art History at Scarborough in North Yorkshire which was part of York University where I studied under the expert eye of Clive Head and Art History with Michael Paraskos. I progressed to Northumbria University where I undertook a PGCE in Secondary Art Education and onto a Masters Degree in Education, largely with an art slant, at Newcastle University.
I gained a scholarship whilst at university and studied for six weeks at Cypus College of Art under the tutelage of Stass Paraskos the Principle and founder of the college.
I have exhibited both nationally and internationally including Cyprus, Nepal and Uganda. I recently exhibited at Patan Museum in Kathmandu, Nepal and I will take part in the 2020 April exhibition at Nepal Arts Council.
I has been doing art workshops in schools for 5 years and in 2003 I took part in what was an International project led by David Odwar a skilled ceramicist and sculptor. I took photographs of what was then a war zone and came back to England to fundraise for an art centre for the rehabilitation of people once the war was over. In 2005 we had raised almost £20.000 and Through Art Keep Smiling TAKS art centre was established. I have continued to visit and support the centre alongside sponsoring children for school, college and university fees.
My prime interest as an artist is how to capture light. I began exhibiting paintings in 1998 as an Op Artist and created paintings looking at the reverberation of the picture-plane.
The interest which fuels my work once again is how light hits the landscape and the dramatic impact which it plays. I was working with a monochromatic palette of Payne’s grey and white and applying paint on both large and small scale with a palette knife with acrylic or oil paint. My visits to Nepal and experiencing the breath-taking views of the Himalayas have been similar to a spiritual encounter. Upon my return to England I looked for this within our own landscapes. I wanted to capture the moment and the high impact which I had experienced.
Recently I have reverted to brush work and vibrant colours which echo back to my abstract landscapes of the noughties. I am painting once again with oil paint capturing the freshness and intensity of colour.
I record my experiences by working in a sketch book capturing imagery from observation. I create small scale studies sometimes on the spot and develop these into larger scale work. I take photographs to support my work but my memory of the experience is what I wish to convey.
I visit most exhibitions in London and travel to different countries to record my experiences within my sketchbooks. I gain inspiration from viewing artwork and looking at imagery and techniques which the artists have employed. I exhibit annually and take part in art fairs and art events to gain exposure.