b. 1959, Kent
1978-79 Hertfordshire College of Art and Design, St Albans
1979-81 Winchester School of Art (B.A. Fine Art)
1981-85 Marlborough Fine Art, London
1985-87 Arts Council of Great Britain
1987 Tate Gallery, Liverpool (London Office)
1988 to date Self Employed Artist
My work is regularly exhibited and sold in London, New York, Singapore, and Hong Kong.
I studied for my degree at Winchester School of Art (Gillian Ayres was head of painting). I then worked at Marlborough Fine Art for 5 years. The gallery represented Henry Moore, John Piper, Francis Bacon, Graham Sutherland, R.B.Kitaj, Frank Auerbach and many other world class artists. In order to gain more time in the studio to prepare for exhibitions I left Marlborough and worked part time at The Arts Council and The Tate Gallery.
From1990 I exhibited mainly in London to concentrate on raising our four children, but continued to find time to paint, often at night time in the studio and frequently well into the early hours. Now the children are grown I’m painting almost full time again, and generally prefer working in the natural light of the open air when conditions allow.
I gather material from my local environment and travelling abroad and across the UK and, using photography and sketches to build up ideas. Friends and regular clients occasionally send me photos and cuttings which often trigger visual suggestions which might contribute to a new phase of work.
My subjects revolve around Life, Place and Water, but I tend to move through these in phases, mostly using mixed media or acrylic on paper and canvas, quite often returning to a subject phase if something new triggers fresh ideas. I keep all my photos, magazine cuttings and sketches (not in an organised way) and they continue to influence my work as I rediscover them.
Walking the dogs and an evening at the Windsor Races inspired a fascination in the movement, colour and expression of animals which has produced a diverse range of material for some of my work in recent years.
I regularly row on the Thames, sail, and more recently acquired a canoe on which I spend hours exploring our local creeks and rivers. Consequently, I spend a lot time observing the colour, shape and movement of boats and sails against the water in different states of light. All of these experiences continue to be hugely influential on my work.
•Studied Hertfordshire College of Art & Design
•Winchester School of Art
*Winner of the Lord Leighton Prize, Under 25’s Kensington & Chelsea Artists Open Exhibition
•Collections The Leicestershire Collections for Schools & Colleges
•Winchester School of Art; Norsk Hydro, Oslo T M International;
•Nelson Bakewell Ltd Adam Bank; Wilson Connolly (Properties) Ltd
•Commissions Shangri La Hotel, Hong Kong
•Jones Lang Wootton, Stockley Park, Middx
•Exhibited Royal Academy Summer Exhibitions:
•Camden Arts Centre,
•Spirit of London Exhibition, Royal Festival Hall, London
•Five Dials Gallery, Covent Garden, London
•International Athena Awards Exhibition, Mall Galleries
•Cadogan Contemporary, London
•The Original Picture Shop, Mossop Street, London
•Thursday Gallery, Bath;
•Conservation Management, London
•Kings Lynn Centre for the Arts – Eastern Open 1990
•New Grafton Gallery, Barnes, London
•The Linda Blackstone Gallery, Pinner, Middx – 1987 to date
•Art ’94, Art ’95-The Business Design Centre, Islington
•Solo Shows 1985 – Leighton House, Plimsol Line Club, Arts Club
•1986/7/8 – Cadogan Contemporary, London
•1999 to 2018 The Affordable Art Fair, Battersea Park, London
•2011 to 2018 Affordable Art Fair Hampstead Heath, London
•2013/14/16/17 Affordable Art Fair Singapore
•2014/15/16/17 Affordable Art Fair New York City
•2015/16/18 Affordable Art Fair Hong Kong
•2018 Christmas Show, Obsidian Art, Aylesbury
•2018 Pop-up Exhibition, Mylor, Cornwall
2019 forthcoming exhibitions
•Throughout the year; Linda Blackstone Gallery, Pinner, London
•7-10 March Affordable Art Fair Battersea Park, London
•March to September; Pop-up Exhibition, Mylor, Cornwall
•26-28 April Fresh Art Fair, Cheltenham
•8-23 June Bucks Open Studios, Obsidian Art, Aylesbury
•17-19 June Affordable Art Fair Hong Kong