Location: United Kingdom
I was born in Oxford in 1970 and went to Headington School. I am a painter of people, landscape and still lives. I studied at the Slade School of Fine Art from 1990-1994 and took part in an exchange at the New York Studio School in 1993. I came up to Newcastle in 1995 to do an MA in Fine Art at the University of Northumbria.
I am inspired by the expressionist spirit of northern Europe particularly painters like Emil Nolde, Vincent Van Gogh, Chaim Soutine and Egon Schiele. I love the directness of these artist’s work, their enjoyment of the substance of paint and their visceral response to their subjects. I am inspired by the energy of American artists including Willem De Kooning and Alice Neel. I love De Kooning’s energetic, gestural brush strokes and Neel’s direct, distinctive approach to portraiture. Personally, I enjoy the immediacy and intensity of painting people and having a time limit to capture their humanity and vulnerability.
This portfolio shows a range of portraits of friends and family painted over the years.
This is a painting of Sandy.
Size: 30.2 H x 25.5 W x 2 cm (1999)
A portrait of the very talented costume and prop designer Warren Haigh.
A portrait of my friend Chloe
Size: 0.72m x 0.72m (1995).
Portrait of Jim Widdup
Oil on board
Size: 0.30m x 0.215m (1997)
Portrait of Andrew Mills
Size: 0.46m x 0.47m Oil on board (2005)
This is a portrait of the Foster nominated comedian Seymour Mace.
Size: 76 H x 61 W x 0.1 cm (2015)
Portrait of Karen Underhill.
Size 0.51m x 0.51m Oil on canvas (1997)
This is a portrait of a lovely, old man called Tom who I got to know at a life drawing class.
Size: 51 H x 51 W x 2 cm (1997)
This is a portrait of my first boyfriend Adam holding a lemon.
Portrait of Shaun.(1994)
Portrait of my brother Matthew.(1990)
Portrait of my lovely friend Rita (1997)