An interior designer can design your room, an architect can design your building, but a work of art can define you
- Gallerist Johnny Messum

My art stems from curiosity about those with whom we share this global village, particularly the melting pot that is London. I now work out of my west London studio as a figurative artist, following a 20 year career as a journalist and senior news PR for BBC and Sky News. With a lifetime's passion for reportage, I tell the stories - often in words as well as picture - of the buskers, musicians and dancers that inspire my art, exploring themes of separation and connection. Fascinated in the interplay between illustration and fine art, I seek to blur their boundaries.

Storytelling also lies at the heart of my portraiture, which I view as a collaboration. You trust me with your face, revealing something of who you are, so I can move beyond the photographic capture of a moment in time to portray your life lived up to this moment. Uniting my past and present careers, I'm currently working on a series of portraits of some of best known names in UK broadcast news including the BBC's John Humphrys and Kate Adie. I'm also a founding member of the Lots Road Group of portrait artists who met when studying at The Heatherley School of Fine Art - the oldest independent art school in London, after the Royal Academy, and among the few art colleges in Britain that focus on portraiture and figurative painting, illustration, printmaking and sculpture.

Winner of the judges' prize at Egypt's first biennale (2013), I studied for five years at Heatherley's on the school's Continuing Studies, Diploma and Post Diploma in Portraiture courses. I have exhibited at the Milan Expo and the Royal Society of Portrait Painters and National Open Art exhibitions (2015). I also tutor drawing in the inspiring surrounds of the V&A, National Portrait Gallery, Tate Britain and the Courtauld for Sketchout. Represented in Brighton by Kellie Miller Arts.