My paintings are about places I have known from 5 to 5,000 miles from my Leicestershire studio. They are about imagination rather than a realism and leave a space for a stry to be woven. A camera may be used as an aide memoire but photographic images have no part to play in my painterly work. For, it is the unstructured and intuitive collaboration between the artist and the materials that most excites me: a journey of discovery, continued from somewhere, into the studio and accompanied by serendipity. It is the unexpected figure or suggestion that the canvas yields that give my work its dynamic.
I graduated from the University of Derby in 2002 with a First in Fine Art and exhibited regularly. Paintings have been purchased for business and homes from Costa Rica to South Korea to UK collectors.
I now work from my studio in a converted 1770 forge in the lovely town of Ashby de la Zouch. Smithy Studio is also run as a bed and breakfast business and from there I run occasional workshops and open studio. Visitors to the studio are always welcome.
Paintings are sized mainly from 70x70cms to 180x180cms and without gallery commission!