I have been painting seriously for over 30 years and now work out of my small studio in Farnham, Surrey, which is open during June as part of the Surrey Artists Open Studio event. Visitors are also welcome throughout the rest of the year by appointment.
For as long as I can remember, I’ve always wanted to create, and that creativity is so much a part of my life. Seeing the beauty that surrounds us, no matter how small-scale, opens your eyes to a new world of taking the time to notice every little thing within buildings, flowers and life in general. My paintings are very detailed and full of colour – part of how I see the world. Art is a way of life for me; without it, I wouldn’t be me. It encompasses who I am, my character, and shapes my way of life.
Since graduating with a Fine Art Printmaking degree from West Surrey College of Art and Design in 1981, I have worked on commissions from across the world, and have exhibited widely. I am a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and an elected member of a number of art societies: The Society of Floral Painters, The Society of Architectural Illustration, The United Society of Artists and The Society for All Artists. I am also a selected premium member of Creative Coverage.
Flowers and buildings are my key areas of interest. Being creative enables one to find joy in everything that surrounds us. It is a way of enjoying a walk in the countryside because you can see beauty in so many things. The vibrant colours of flowers have always fascinated me, and watercolour is the perfect medium for me to capture both the calm and vitality I always feel in studying my subjects. You can see examples in my Flower Gallery.
Buildings, especially historic ones, in and around Farnham continue to be popular subjects for many of my commissions, and you can see some examples in my Buildings & Architecture Gallery. A walk in the town just looking at buildings keeps my mind and imagination fresh and in the past I’ve worked on a series focusing on buildings designed by the architect Edwin Lutyens. My love of my home town of Farnham, with its rich architectural heritage and quirky beauty, inspires a lot of my work, and you can get a flavour of that in my video here>>
My designs have been used in art projects for Crafts 4 Kids, an online children’s store that led to further artwork for Great Ormond Street hospital and Sir Magdi Yacoub’s Chain of Hope to raise money for life saving heart surgery. I am also collaborating on an ongoing basis with Niklas Von Mehren, the Savile Row Tailor.
I admire the work of Charles Rennie Mackintosh, in particular his ability to capture the lyrical quality of plant forms; also Paul Hogarth and Graham Clarke for their quirky take on architecture and buildings; and finally Dame Elizabeth Blackadder whose paintings filled me with delight as a child. One of my paintings has been exhibited alongside hers in a London exhibition.
Thank you for visiting my website and I hope that you have enjoyed looking at my work. If you would like to know more, I look forward to hearing from you.