My area of artistic practice is painting, underpinned by close observational drawing - but my path to becoming a professional artist has not been straightforward!
Despite having drawn and painted all my life, I was unable to pursue art at school as it didn’t fit in with the other more ‘academic’ and scientific subjects. So, on leaving school, I studied for a Chemistry degree before having my two children - it was only while bringing the children up that I found the opportunity to return to my passion for creating art.
I initially studied with the Open College of the Arts followed by an Access to Art and Design course at North Oxfordshire School of Art. Then I went on to study part-time for a Fine Art Degree with De Montfort University as a mature student, graduating in 2002 with First Class Hons.
Since 2007 I have been painting full-time and now work from my studio in an old furniture factory in High Wycombe. Working from a contemporary perspective, rooted in the tradition of realistic still life painting, I paint directly from life, often portraying my subjects in rather a quirky way.
I sell my work through Open Studio events, national and international Art Fairs and Will’s Art Warehouse gallery in Putney. I have had my work selected for the ING Discerning Eye, Lynn Painter Stainers Prize and Sunday Times watercolour Competition exhibitions in London and have been shortlisted for Artist and Illustrators’ Artist of the Year.
I have recently moved to the area and am keen to share my passion for oil painting. I remember only too well what it was like to learn the process from scratch - and then fall in love with it!