Born and brought up in Oxford, I now live in London. I have a BA Hons in Fine Art from Sir John Cass Department of Art, London Metropolitan University, graduated in 2004.
My work is concerned with nature and the inspiration for my current body of work began with my garden, although this has now developed to include other natural elements. The research for my paintings comes from the hundreds of photographs that I take of the natural world around me. When I go for a walk, when I’m on holiday or even in the garden I use the camera to jot down what I see. I then use the photographs as a basis for my paintings. I want to capture detail, to examine these things that have caught my attention. So the work also becomes about the whole process of making. I like looking and describing, using the images to explore the dynamics of translating from one medium into another as I do with a photograph into a painting. To do this means you have to really understand what you are looking at; decode it, break it down, plus you have to have a good knowledge of the new language that you’re translating into i.e. the painting language. I paint in oils and have a meticulous way of working; the finished paintings are acutely observed and realistically rendered. Although my paintings have a photographic look they are never truly faithful reproductions of the photograph, I feel they depict a heightened reality.
Dec 2013 - The Royal Institute of Oil Painters - Mall Galleries, London.
Dec 2013 to Feb 2014 - Still Life: Nature and Objects Staged - Riverside Gallery, Richmond.
December 2011 - Royal Institute of Oil Painters - Mall Galleries, London
March to April 2011 - Natural Beauty (Solo exhibition) – Ripley Arts Centre, Bromley.
Aug 2010 - 3rd Annual Cork Street Open for Charity – Cork St, London.
July to Sept 2010 - Artsdepot Open 2010 - Apthorp Gallery, London.
Nov 2009 - Art Liberating Lives, Mall Galleries, London.
May to July 2009 - Sea Fever – Ingoldsby Gallery, Margate.
Dec 2008 to Jan 2009 - Solo exhibition – Farleigh Gallery, Chelmsford.
Aug 08 - Cork Street Annual Open Exhibition for Charity – Cork St, London.
July 2007 - Salon 07 – Seven Seven Contemporary, London Fields.
May 2007 – United Society of Artists – Cottons Centre, London.
Dec 2006 to Mar 2007 - Winter Exhibition – Stark Gallery, Canterbury.
Aug 2006 - Group Exhibition - Gallery @ Oxo Tower, London.
Feb 2006 – Momentum - Menier Gallery, Chocolate Factory, London.
Jan/Feb 06 - Featured Artist – Skylark 2 Gallery, London.
Dec 05 to Feb 06 - Winter Exhibition – Stark Gallery, Lewisham, London. September/October 2005 - REAL – The Portico Gallery, Sevenoaks, Kent.
June 2005 - Chelsea Art Society – Chelsea Old Town Hall, London.
June 2005 - With A Twist – Hackney Museum, London.
June 2005 - Images In The City – Geffrye Museum, London.
October 2004 - Royal Inst of Oil Painters – Mall Galleries, London.