Born in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, I moved to Liverpool as a teenager and completed an art Foundation Course at Hugh Baird College in Bootle. I then moved to London to study for a BA (Hons) in Illustration, at Kingston upon Thames University. I went on to gain a Postgraduate Diploma in Illustration from Central St Martin’s School of Art.
I have always been drawn to capturing light and atmosphere, whatever the subject matter. My early exhibitions recorded travels to China and India. The Mediterranean with its strong colours and contrasts of light and shade holds an ongoing appeal. Working mainly in acrylics initially, I have developed a style using watercolours, which while requiring a very different approach adds a freshness and spontaneity well suited to a strongly lit image. Oils were a natural extension and began to feature in my collections. I now use a variety of media to deliver the essence of an image, sometimes adding pastels, inks or collage on top of acrylics or watercolour.
Since settling with my family near Hampstead Heath, North London, I have taken an increasingly personal approach to painting, remaining figurative but moving more to looser, semi-abstract elements which express a pure pleasure in mark-making for its own sake.