“The colours, influences and ideas expressed in my paintings emanate from a voice within. The paint, pigments, images, drawings and marks come together and form a narrative through painterly vocabulary. Narrative and drawing are always the starting points. In the early stages, I surround myself with images and drawings from my sketch books and find the inspiration as well as the ideas which come to me hugely exciting. By responding intuitively to my surroundings I seek to convey the passion I feel for light, form, colour and recurring images which emerge into my work from my imagination. It is a slow unfolding of the voice from within. Working outdoors is a way to enter into nature’s magical world of sky, trees, plants, colours, light and aromas which form a dialogue and contemplation between the artwork and the viewer – and therefore between artist and viewer.”
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I grew up wanting to be an artist. I have always loved colour and drawing and was encouraged by my parents. Aged eight years I was selling my coloured paintings. I was born in Yorkshire and grew up in Stoke-on-Trent, Exmoor and London. London during the 1970`s was a time of psychedlia 1960-1975, Cult cinema, National Film Theatre, rock music at the Roundhouse, Pop Art ( Serpentine ), shopping at ( Biba ), and Kings cross with it`s decaying Victorian buildings and council properties, London’s essential atmosphere and collective essence. I vividly remember hitch hiking with my father and younger sister from London to Brighton and visiting the Roundhouse to listen to Elton John. It was an exciting era to have grown up in.
In 1979 at the end of my academic studies at Brockwood Park in Hampshire I travelled to India on a school exchange. The exchange took place with two Indian schools in Bangalore and Benares based on the teachings of Jiddu Krishnamurti; a philosopher, speaker and writer, born 1895-1986. I lived in India teaching art and travelling for ten months. I fell in love with the country which had a profound effect on my life and art. My stepfather, originally involved with Shakespeare Wallah, a 1965 Merchant Ivory Productions film of a family theatre troupe of English actors performing in towns across India, encouraged my sister and I to travel to India in 1979 and arranged for us to stay with Jennifer Kapoor, ( Felicity Kendall’s sister ) who lived in Bombay.
I have always exhibited and sold work through a variety of London galleries and the contacts made over the ensuing years. In 1992 following a successful sell out exhibition in London, I was offered a residency to return to Northern India to work within an Artist’s commune in West Bengal one hour from Calcutta. My three months working alongside twelve Indian artists culminated in a group exhibition at the British High Commission in Calcutta. I returned to the UK as a professional artist having completed both a BA (Wolverhampton) and MA in Fine Art at Chelsea school of Art. My studios have always been in London until 1997 when I moved to Hampshire and set up a studio at home in the Garden. I am married with three children.