MY WORK REFLECTS MY HUGE LOVE OF ANIMALS
Now based in West Sussex, my creative career began over 25 years ago. As a self-taught artist, I have always painted and drawn what I love, so travel, dramatic landscapes and the great outdoors all featured prominently in my work. I had itchy feet and my adventures led me to exhibit in Hong Kong and Honolulu, Hawaii, as well as here on home turf in London.
However, I have always also had a great love of animals and I am hugely inspired by their place in our hearts and in our lives. I grew up in the countryside, with a large menagerie of animals, and was lucky enough to ride my pony pretty much every day. I now have a Rescue Dog called Lola, and she is my dearest friend!
In 2011, I stepped into the world of animal portraiture and have not looked back. I have had the honour of creating animal portraits for clients both in the UK and all over the world. Using the strong and dynamic medium of charcoal, I have honed my skills and work hard to capture the "essence" of an animal, as well as his/her physical characteristics.
Every artistic journey benefits from a new direction, however, and more recently, I have extended my practice to offer portraits in colour. I am hugely enjoying the energy this has brought to my practice, and hope you enjoy the growing variety on show on my gallery pages.
My studio sits at the bottom my garden....... it is my sanctuary and there is nothing I love more than to settle down to a commission, with the birds twittering outside, and Lola beside me.
“I love the challenge and satisfaction of bringing an image to life on paper. For me, great care and attention to detail bring a drawing or painting alive to convey the animal’s individual character and personality.
My aim is to produce a stand-alone unique piece of artwork that conveys more character, mood and emotion than the photograph it was drawn from.”