Selected British Art Prize 2022, Oxo Tower, London, November 2022
I started painting when I was 12 years old after my parents bought me an oil painting set. I sold my first two oil paintings to an art publisher when I was just 17 and one of those paintings ended up on the set of Only Fools and Horses, appearing in every episode.
I am self taught, however, I feel I have learned a lot from the old masters, studying their works. A couple of my favourites which have inspired me is Canaletto and Johannes Vermeer. I have exhibited in groups, selected exhibitions and solo exhibitions, as well as featured in many published media. I paint in oil, watercolour, acrylic, acrylic ink, mixed media and love using 24k gold leaf in some artworks. Although I am mostly known for my cityscapes and portraits, I enjoy painting almost any subject as I love a challenge and it keeps my approach fresh and exciting. I enjoy placing figures in landscapes, cityscapes to give a sense of movement, life, a narrative and to engage the viewer into the scene. I love travel, therefore, much of my work is based on photos I have taken and can be worked from as reference. I have also been known to travel back to a particular place whilst a work is in progress to make notes and take more photos to use back at the studio. Although, I do include as much detail as possible in my work, my aim is not to replicate a photographic image. I would explain my artwork as bordering close to realism, but definitely not photo realism.
These days I am occupied with commissioned works, mainly of private houses and portraits with the majority being a real challenge, I’m having to seriously make use of ‘artistic license’. Clients are based in the U.K., Europe and USA.
I also have the privilege to teach from my studio and it gives me so much joy to see the artworks my students are creating in their progression.
In between teaching and commissions, I get to paint for myself and during this time, I find I am still learning new techniques, new mediums, new surfaces which I can then share with the students.