I was born in Sunderland, in the North East of England where I currently have my own studio. As a child I vividly remember always drawing and painting, copying faces and figures from books and magazines. Portraiture and figure drawing have always been a part of my life and after raising my family, returned to education gaining a BA (with Hons) at The University of Sunderland in 2009.
Inspired by the beauty of figurative artists such as Degas, Rembrandt, Sargent, Freud, and more recently Jenny Savile and Joan Bennassar, my work explores the human form. I use colour, line and strong composition to create an intimate relationship between the viewer and the subject. Through the use of body language, pose, mood, and a pared down approach to composition I want to focus’s the viewer’s gaze on the subject. Not only does this add to the evocative mood, it draws the viewers’ attention to what I want them to see and to feel; to what is important in that particular piece. I also hope to convey some mystery, even spirituality, in my work as well as show the strength and beauty of the body.
By combining a range of painting techniques – washes, dripping and pouring – I try to produce beautiful, haunting images that are alive with colour and gripping in content. I have exhibited at the Edinburgh, Cheshire and Newcastle/Gateshead art fair, was the 2010 peoples’ choice prize winner in the “Patchings” Open art exhibition in Nottingham and after graduating from university was invited to exhibit in the Newcastle Biscuit factory in their “Selected graduate” show. I had my first solo show in 2010 and have exhibited and sold regularly throughout the UK since then.