In 2010 I achieved a BA Hons Degree in Fine Art from Loughborough University and have continued since then to follow my passion for art as a freelance artist and art tutor.
The Nobel Prize winning American author William Faulkner (1897 – 1962) is quoted as saying ‘The aim of every artist is to arrest motion, which is life, by artificial means and hold it fixed so that a hundred years later, when a stranger looks at it, it moves again since it is life.’ The concept of capturing moments in time and images of life around me is a significant element of my work.
The exploration of movement and transcribing that movement onto the painted surface has been my particular interest, looking at the lines and forms created by motion. I am fascinated with the human figure and how to use it to express beauty. My dancer paintings are uniquely individualised, full of life and energy with my use of colour and how I perceive the mood for each composition allowing your imagination to bring a new narrative and understanding to the work. The movement of the human form in dance or sport, the tension and anticipation of a step or move to come, the energy within a movement in action, the breath before an action, I find these endlessly fascinating.
The element of movement and a captured moment in time is reflected in the wildlife paintings that are also an important aspect of my work.
I enjoy painting a wide variety of subjects including the challenge of the various commissions I have undertaken from portraits of people to pets.
My preferred medium to work in is oil but I also enjoy creating works in pencil and I have worked in styles that range from abstract to almost photo realism.
I am completely committed to my art and I am deeply grateful to have been blessed with the skills that have enabled me to follow my passion.