WHITE OVERALLS AND PAINTSTAINS
I have pretty much had a paintbrush in my hand since childhood and always wanted to be an artist from a very young age. Horses were always then my preferred subject, but the great outdoors in its various forms drew me in and after doing a Fine Art Degree, I set myself up as a portrait artist exhibiting at the likes of Badminton and Burghley Horse Trials doing commissions and selling my own pieces. Since then my work has expanded hugely, I am an experimenter at heart, utilising as many mediums as I can (messily), some of which work, some of which hastily go in the bottom drawer! All are definitely nature inspired, be it on my doorstep or further afield, from feather, fur or imagination. Most are colour and emotion based, responses to being in the field surrounded by your senses only, be it the breath of a charging steed or a delicate wingbeat on a silent winter's day. Horses are a dominant force in my work, I like to expressively use gestural marks to convey their power and yet total sensitivity, mostly working from my head and letting the medium dictate how they evolve. Hopefully this leads you as the viewer into a window of my imagination and appreciation of their beauty.
For the past six years, I have been a shortlisted finalist at the David Shepherd Wildlife Artist of the Year exhibition at the Mall Galleries, London, and a finalist for BBC Wildlife Artist of the Year having been the overall winner in 2012. I try wherever possible to donate to conservation with my work.
My equine and canine works can be seen at many of the larger equine shows such as Badminton Horse Trials and Hickstead. I am part of Horsham Artists Open Studios where my studio will be open to the public during the summer and exhibit with the group as part of their annual exhibition held in Horsham.