About

I am a west London-based figurative artist who loves colour, performers and storytelling. Since leaving The Heatherley School of Fine Art in 2013, after three years study on the Portraiture Diploma and Post Diploma, I have participated in a number of exhibitions, both group and solo, and am a member of the Lots Road Group of portraitists and am resident artist at the Half Moon Putney. Winner of the Judges' Prize at Egypt's first biennale (2013), I have exhibited at the Milan Expo, the Royal Society of Portrait Painters and National Open Art exhibitions (2015). 
I have also undertaken both painted and drawn portrait commissions of adults – including musicians, children and pets and have portrayed well-known sitters such as the BBC’s Kate Adie and John Humphrys. I have also created a Red Bubble art product shop which includes band T-shirts.

I specialise in oil on canvas and gesso panel painting, and mixed media drawings. Narrative is central to my practice whether about the performers I portray, nature I represent or portraiture. As a former print journalist and broadcast news PR, storytelling in words has always been central to my life. But, rather than incorporate narrative into my artwork, I share my subjects’ stories online, in print, or in the spoken word, for passing down the oral tradition. In portraiture my aim is to create images which go beyond the photographic depiction of moments in time to capture lives lived up to that moment. And with my busker and venue entertainers, I aim to capture the creative energy of performing live. I taught drawing for Sketchout in the inspiring surrounds of the V&A, National Portrait Gallery, The Courtauld and Tate Britain until the COVID-19 epidemic. From January 2021 I will teach oil portraiture for beginners for Open Ealing.

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