Degree: B.A.Fine Art
University: Coventry University/ Solihull College
GraduationYear: 1995 - 1999
I paint not what I see of the visible world, but how I feel it to be.
It is not a literal description of a place, but a feeling of a place and how one is effected by that environment.
My inspiration comes from the Landscape, Skyscape, Seascape, music that I listen to Classical, blues soul, jazz or colours that I see in every day life. I like to work on a large scale when possible, as this gives me more freedom of movement and allows me to be experimental. My preferred medium is oil on canvas or paper. The paintings are allowed to happen to come into being.
Artists that inspire me are Willem de Kooning for the fluidity of the paint and the power of the brushstrokes, Mark Rothko whose colours enfold you in a vast smothering embrace and Rembrandt for his deep understanding of how to paint flesh, especially knees! J.M.W. Turner for his magical light in the landscape. I work presently at home in the West Midlands and paint full time.
Previously exhibiting work at the Knapp Gallery Regents College, Regents Park, London N.W.1. My work was critiqued while on show at the Knapp Gallery by Professor Dr Maurice Cockrill R.I.P.of the Royal Academy, and I am honoured to say he 'admired my work'
2001-2007 Part-time Tutor at Solihull College teaching Life Drawing skills to Foundation level students. Community Art Adult Education teaching Fine Art drawing and painting skills to Accredited Level.
2007- 2010 Full Time artist.
2011 Gallery Representation at Agora Gallery New York Exhib. June 2011.
2013 to present time Full time artist
Sold Work to Collectors in New York, Saudi Arabia, Sweden, both International and European Countries.