Background

My Background

I was born in Taplow, Buckinghamshire in 1965. I studied at Amersham College of Art and Design and Leeds Polytechnic (Metropolitan University), graduating in 1988 with a B.A. (Hons) in Fine Art.

The degree at Leeds Polytechnic was a mixed media course (painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography, ceramics, performance art, creative writing and film). My main focus was life study in painting and I also experimented with metalwork (specifically mask making), installations and performance art. Cross fertilisation between other areas of the arts (dance, music, theatre and writing), has always been of huge importance to me and has given me the grounding for the artist I am now.

My first solo exhibition in 1988, was the result of a residency at Yorkshire Dance Centre in Leeds where I created quick paintings and drawings (and wire sculptures) from watching dancers Donald Edwards and Vilmore James from the Phoenix Dance Company (now Phoenix Dance Theatre).

The residency at YDC lead on to residencies in schools in Yorkshire and Oxfordshire and a commission for BBC Television. The BBC piece, titled ‘After Icon’ in collaboration with choreographer Beth Thompson and dancer Eddie Duncan. You can watch the piece via the link below:

Commission for BBC Television. ‘After Icon’:

I have worked with theatre companies, making masks and props and I have also designed and helped to build theatre sets.

Following a move to London in 1996, I took some time out of my art career to concentrate on a career in design project management. I resumed exhibiting in 2007, and soon after I joined Candid Arts in Angel, London, where I shared studios and group exhibitions. Since then, I have exhibited regularly in both solo and group exhibitions in the UK and Finland. My series of silver birch paintings won an award culminating in a solo exhibition at London’s Lauderdale House. My portrait drawing of Yan Spencer was exhibited at the Royal Academy of Art’s summer exhibition in 2013.