My work as a full time Painter and Printmaker is currently focused on landscapes and cityscapes.
In my painting I primarily work with oil on wood and canvas. I often leave the distant form in my landscape paintings ambiguous, allowing the viewer to discern echoes of their own memories and experiences. I layer paint in thin layers and glazes, then scratch the surface to reveal the colours below.
As an artist I am constantly pushing myself to experiment and take risks. In 2012 I completed a yearlong 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 have just launched a new collection of print work using solar plates based on scenes of Cambridge and Oxford- The Tale of Two Cities.
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.
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. I am the founder and manager of a successful annual exhibition, now in its sixth year – Cambridge Christmas. (CambridgeChristmas.com). I am also a founder member of a print group - the Purple Printmakers (PurplePrintmakers.com).
Originally trained in Furnishing Textiles I pursued an alternative career before returning to painting thirteen years ago. I went on to study at The Cambridge School of Art in 2001 for a year before relocating to the US.
Private works are owned in the US, Canada, Australia, Southern India, Abu Dhabi, France and the UK.
Noel Garner, founder of Cambridge Art Academy, interviewed me on the advantages of having one’s own dedicated studio. I really enjoyed the interview and here it is...