Welcome to my website!
A little bit about me - I have nearly 30 years experience in portraiture and other genres, selling my first commission at 15 years old.
I work from my studio/shop in Rotherfield , East Sussex, surrounded
by the beautiful wealden countryside and live in the equally beautiful High Weald National Park. I can safely say, having two children, countryside and animals of my own, I'm not short of inspiration!
I could give some convoluted and poetic reason
for what I paint and why, but the simple fact is, I paint whatever stirs my soul. I'm a true impressionist at heart, fascinated with light, movement and colour. I love showing this with bold brushstrokes and textural paint. I have done many
commissions, hundreds! I take on each subject like meeting a new friend. I like to get to know them during the process and I dig deep to find the truth in my subject matter. I'm an instinctive artist. I don't pre mix my palette, I have
a plan, but I don't strictly follow it. It's what makes my job so exciting. I turn up to work, I start and follow whatever path the painting takes me.
I have work in collections all over the world as well as the uk. I mainly
work in Oils on still lives, landscapes and portraits and I proudly went into partnershop with British Contemporary Art gallery in 2021. I don't, as a rule, enter art competitions and, as yet, have not even attempted to exhibit in any prestigious exhibitions,
but perhaps I will one day. My work tends to sell before I get any opportunity, although that's usually down to me over posting on social media 😬.
Teaching art is something I only started doing in the last 4 years and I have discovered
how utterly rewarding it is. I teach courses and workshops to young and old and my studio is always busy. When I set up my studio in my home town of Rotherfield, it was like coming back home. I realised how much that community meant to me
and it is the community that Puts the heart into what I do. This is why our door is always open, our ears are always listening and if we can awaken a part of someone with art, we are doing something right. I believe art can enhance every part of
your life, whether you are an adult or a child.
I can draw and paint from photos or from life and do all my pictures freehand, which means I don't use any tools like grids or projectors to produce my work. My years of working in this way
means I have a great understanding of human and animal anatomical proportions, which are often referred to by artists as an example of natures perfection.
I am a Professional Associate of the SAA. (Society for All Artists). I also
hold an enhanced DBS certificate, enabling me to impart my knowledge in art to others.