Looking out of my studio window in Devon I feel grateful to be an artist with the opportunity to make my passion a career. I often combine my love of the surrounding Devon landscape with figurative forms. For me the artwork I create and my daily practice of yoga are interlinked: My figurative paintings are a joyous expression of my wild surroundings here in Devon and the benefits of the practice of yoga. I was born in Plymouth Devon and within weeks our family moved to the Shropshire hills where I grew up in small rural community. As a child I learnt early that drawing always made me happy,I would sit for hours drawing the family and figures on any scrap of paper with my Grandmother who was a glass engraver, her love of drawing has instilled a feeling of home and family in me now whenever I draw.
I studied Illustration and went on to became an artist in residence at a remote arts commune in Scotland, experimenting with painting techniques and exploring how to communicate through my images. My lifelong passion for figure drawing was fulfilled when I was accepted to study in Florence Italy, becoming a student of academic portraiture at the Atelier of the Florence Art Academy.
Working with a mixed media technique I often combine classical drawing elements with a spontaneity of movement so that the result is whimsical, enchanting, and simply beautiful to look at. I use a soft, fresh colour palette in different combinations which endlessly inspires me.
I have gained a huge amount of experience with portraiture from working in London and internationally with commissions for luxury events for some wonderful people. My artwork has been published internationally with sell-out exhibitions in London, New York, Dallas and Dubai. My first set of limited edition prints, published by a major publisher sold out within weeks, since then I have never stopped painting.
My figurative paintings are exhibited in UK galleries with a publisher and my original paintings hang in homes around the world. I realise I am compelled to paint, it makes me who I am.