Artist Biography

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Starting from photographs, I make a sketch, simplifying and exaggerating facial features and surroundings.

I work quickly with a palette knife on several pictures at once. I build up layers of paint, sometimes scraping off and starting again. I return to the original sketch and remove or add people. If the painting still does not work, I may start a new one on top. From my starting point I never have an idea of the finished picture, only that it will be thick with paint.

My paintings are mainly auto-biographical, most recently of holidays past - I'm missing the sea.

The four faces pictured here are of my daughter  - send me a picture and I can do one on a commission basis .

Prices for commissions are roughly the same eg 15cm x 15cm x 3.5cm would be £85 ( spirit of an image rather than a genuine likeness ) .



Education and Qualifications

 1982/83 - Foundation Course at Bath Academy of Art

 1983/87 - BA Hons Degree (2:1) in Fine Art at Reading University



  2014 -23  Skylark Gallery , Gabriel's Wharf , London , ongoing

  2014          Royal Academy Summer Exhibition , London

  2009-14      Skylark Gallery , Oxo Tower , London

  2007          The Discerning Eye

  2007 -10     Carre d'artistes , Aix-en-provence , Paris and London

  2006 -23    Rowley Gallery , London , ongoing

  2006          Art Below , Art on the underground

  2006,04      Candid Arts Trust, Islington

  2004          Waterloo Gallery, London

  2000-01      Spitalfields Art Market

  1996          Woodlands Art Gallery, London- "Phantasmagoria"

  1996,94      Royal Overseas League Open, London ( award winner 1996 )

  1994          Whitechapel  Open, Whitechapel Gallery, London

  1995,94,93  Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London

  1995,93      London Group Open, Barbican Concourse, London