My art practice uses the formal elements and infinite possibilities of paint, along with the act of painting itself, to explore the human body. I work in a state of continual and uneasy dialogue between abstraction as a method and the human body and the environment as sources of information. Instinctively I explore the material complexities, contrasts and contradictions of our bodies and environments – colour, form, texture and tone – and use of grids references the structures found therein. Order is counter-pointed by randomness and variation. Growth and decay mutually coexist. Bones, flesh, blood and sinew. But mostly it’s about the paint.
Artists who have influenced my work include Max Ernst, Howard Hodgkin, Roger Hilton, Sandra Blow, Peter Lanyon, Ivon Hitchens, Basil Beattie, Albert Irvin, John Blackburn, Alice Browne and Pierre Soulages.
I have had work shown in the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colour’s annual exhibitions of 2010 and 2011 in the Mall Galleries, London. Four of my pieces were selected for inclusion in the ING Discerning Eye exhibition in November 2011, also in London’s Mall Galleries.
In both 2013 and 2014 I had work selected for inclusion in the annual “Eastern Approaches” contemporary art exhibition in the UH Galleries and in 2014 one of my selected paintings won the Lambert Smith Hampton Prize.
Two of my works were selected for the Artsdepot Open, in North London, in 2015 and three in 2016. My work is held in numerous private collections.
I am a practicing Artist working from my studio in Potters Bar, south Hertfordshire. I also teach Art part-time at Insight School of Art in North London.
New artistic challenges and experiences have always interested me. I have illustrated several books, including a series of poetry anthologies, using prints and watercolours. I have designed and painted the stage backdrops for the biennial shows of the Rona Hart School of Dance in Hampstead, North London for the past 12 years. I have also completed a major commission to provide a series of eight large acrylic abstracts for the London City offices of a leading financial firm.