As I look out of my studio window in Devon I am inspired by the beautiful wild surroundings. I am lucky enough to be able to fulfil my passion for creating my paintings and I am so grateful to be an artist and to have the opportunity to make my passion into a career. I was born in Plymouth Devon and within weeks our family moved to grow up in small close knit rural community in the Shropshire hills. As a child I learnt early that drawing always made me happy, I’ve been obsessed with family portraits ever since I can consciously remember. I would sit for hours drawing 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 whenever I draw now.
After leaving school I studied Illustration and went on to became an artist in residence at a remote arts commune in Scotland, experiment with painting techniques and exploring how to communicate through my images, often combining my love of the surrounding landscape with figurative forms. My lifelong passion for figure drawing was fulfilled when I was accepted to study in Italy, becoming a student of academic portraiture at the Atelier of the Florence Art Academy. I love to combine the classical elements in my drawing with a spontineity 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 portraits from working in London and internationally in luxury weddings and events where I create live event paintings and portraits 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 work is exhibited in UK galleries with a publisher for many years, and my original paintings hang in homes around the world.
I realise I am compelled to paint, it makes me who I am.