I work on canvas, wood, perspex and canvas paper. I only work with oil paint because I find the creative process of working with them endlessly exciting and thrilling. I layer paint in thin layers and glazes, then scratch the surface to reveal the colours below. I also use pure graphite pencils and occasionally liquid metal, or silver leaf, to add texture to the composition.
I live in a small city, full of the old traditions, yet still young, vibrant and constantly re-inventing itself. Yet I love to drive out of it, away from the noise and excitement that the city brings. I take many photographs and sketch, which I then use as inspiration when I am back in the studio. However it is primarily my memory that triggers my work. I can close my eyes and remember where I was, what the weather was like, the colours, the sounds and the smell of earth.
As an artist I am constantly pushing myself to experiment and take risks. In 2012 I completed a year-long certificate course in Advanced Printmaking at The Curwen Print Study Centre. Since I completed the course I have added a printing press to my studio and exhibit my work with the Purple Printmakers.
Having lived in Southern California for several years I have a growing number of US collectors. However I now regularly exhibit in the UK with Cambridge Contemporary Art, Over Gallery, Cambridge Open Studios, Siott Gallery and I also exhibit with the Cambridge Drawing Society twice a year in Cambridge UK.
I continue to work on private and corporate commissions and collaborate regularly with other artists in new and exciting ventures. I sometimes organise one-off group shows with other artists and crafts professionals, raising money for local charities.
I have a permanent collection at Lighting Sensations, a contemporary lighting specialist company based in Cambridgeshire.
Originally trained in Furnishing Textiles, I pursued an alternative career before returning to painting twelve years ago. I then went on to study at The Cambridge School of Art.
Private works are owned in the US, Canada, Australia, Southern India and the UK.
Here is the video of an interview of me done by Noel Garner, founder of Cambridge Art Academy, on the advantages of having one’s own dedicated studio.