I am fine art trained in painting and mixed media and take inspiration from my local surroundings. I graduated from the Birmingham Institute of Art and Design in 1996. Following a career in education, I started selling art and exhibiting in 2019 following a move from Birmingham to Pebworth near Stratford. I became a full time artist and tutor in 2020 and run my art business successfully online and out and about.
I paint using gouache resist technique. Process and risk are really important to me and my method can give surprising results. I first paint in gouache and once it is dry I spray Indian Ink over the image. Once this layer has also dried, I wash the whole piece with slow running water, carefully brushing away the excess paint and ink. It sometimes feels more like developing a photograph than painting a picture. The gouache and the ink will stain the paper and leave a unique impression of the original work. I love to expand on this technique by adding media such as gold leaf and using unusual tools for mark making. I log the journey of each piece by scanning and recording the work in progress.
I endeavour to express the changes in the countryside around me, from season to season and day to night and am greatly inspired on my daily walks by the beautiful and changing landscape around me here in Pebworth.
I work out of my converted stable studio in a small village south of Stratford upon Avon. I open the studio for different events throughout the year and bookings to visit outside of these times can also be made by request through the contact page.