I’m an abstract painter creating heartfelt, many layered paintings from my studio in Warwickshire.
I often use recognisable elements such as a vase, or boat shape: a flower; a star constellation, fragments of maps, or words just glimpsed. Although these elements appear in an abstract context, they retain echoes of meaning which tell a story to the viewer.
I use a range of materials: paint, pencil, pastels and collage, building up my paintings layer by layer in an organic way. This creates a history, things half-seen, suggested. Each layer adds a new element to the story. Rather like our own histories – the traces and marks we leave behind – all leading to where we are now.
I continue working until I feel harmony and balance has been achieved and the image has been “found”.
I’ve loved art and painting from a young age. However, after a detour which involved obtaining a BA Hons degree in German from Manchester University, I returned to my true passion of painting, when I enrolled as a mature student of Fine Art at Birmingham City University. After leaving art college I had nearly a decade of success, selling my work through galleries in the West Midlands, Yorkshire and elsewhere, taking part in numerous solo and joint exhibitions. During this period I sold more than 100 paintings through the galleries that represented me.
Subsequently, my path took another detour, into the office environment, and I worked for several years in Communications at the Civil Service handling the media for VIP visits, including Royalty and Government Ministers. It was a very different career from painting, but so much of what I learned, around communication and creating connections, feeds into my art today.
For the last few years, I’m so happy to be in a position to fully focus on my painting again being selected for the Saatchi Other Art Fair, and showing through several galleries.