Born: Gateshead England, 1972
I have been making art only for a short while; Starting with Life Drawing classes, I gradually improved my drawing skills over 2-3 years, using charcoal and inks as my chosen mediums. It was at this time that my fascination with the human face began and I took a short intensive class in this area to improve my skills while continuing with life drawing.
From here, I continued learning from workshops, art books, experimentation, and the mentorship of fellow SHAC artists; experimenting first with acrylics and still life, before moving back to portraiture. Finding acrylics to be too fast drying to achieve the results I wanted, I jumped at the chance to do an oils class with India Mark; and found myself entranced with the soft buttery textures and incredibly long open times that allowed me to paint the facial features as I desired.
I have always been drawn to the quieter inner states of feeling, and my work reflects this, with my portraits focussing in on the subject’s introspective inwards gaze. Strength, fragility, and imperfection are recurring themes throughout my work, as I seek to draw out the common threads of experience that bind us together.
I am still very early in my art journey and as such I see a lot of experimentation ahead, as I explore more abstraction, more looseness, and less representational ways of portraying my subjects.
I work primarily in oils and inks; and I currently work from my shared studio - Spud Lane Studios - at the Southern Highlands Artisans Collective in Robertson NSW.
- 2021: Ode to Poetry, SHAC Annex Gallery, Robertson
- 2020: Awaken, SHAC Gallery, Robertson
- 2020: Collective Harvest, SHAC Gallery, Robertson
- 2019: Blue Square Competition, ArtHead Gallery, Moss Vale