I was born in London and have spent the majority of my adult life here. I grew up in a remote Sussex village under the South Downs. As a child I spent hours exploring the Downs and surrounding countryside. I also loved our family’s annual trips to the local seaside resorts. I think this has left a lasting impression as I am drawn to these delightful, old-fashioned places on the south coast, with their unique architecture complementing the beautiful colours of the English Channel.


I studied at Camberwell School of Arts and Crafts and gained a degree in printed and woven textiles. After an eclectic selection of jobs interspersed with various design projects, including unique enamelled buckles, silver jewellery and leather handbags, I changed direction and began a career in media sales. During this time I worked on many new media launches including Channel 4 and the once famed, national radio station, Atlantic 252!


Throughout this period I continued to draw, paint and design. I designed and made original greetings cards that were sold in many outlets including the Royal Festival Halls. I also undertook commissions, creating personalised artworks and paintings.


My passion is now painting. I have had three oil paintings shortlisted for the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, one in 2012 and two in 2013. I have had two successful solo exhibitions and contribute to group shows.


My work has evolved through still life and flower paintings, where I explored the relationship between various tangible objects, fabrics, flowers and plants. I like the juxtaposition of these in terms of colour, tone, form and texture. I work in oil, acrylic and watercolour.


I am currently working on landscapes, particularly atmospheric light conditions and their effect on colour at different times of the day. I am also interested in structures and buildings and the relationship with their organic surroundings. I am exploring this and trying to recapture from photographs, sketches and memory what moved me to paint them.

 

My influences come from Henri Matisse, Georgio Morandi, Edouard Manet, Andre Derain, Paul Cézanne and Paul Gauguin among others.