About Me

Events I am attending soon –
Royal Isle of Wight County Show – I will be in the arts marquee with original paintings as well as a selection of my merchandise.                                          County show ground Northwood 8 – 9 July 
Open Studios
The open studio event has run on the island for about 17 years as is a wonderful opportunity to visit artists working and demonstrating either in their actual studios or hired spaces (pop up studios).
Lots of artists across the island have spruced up their studios and hired spaces to showcase their work.
I’m going to be exhibiting with West Wight Artist Boris Moscoff in the
                                                                      Corner Room at Fort Victoria Yarmouth 14 -23 July 10am – 4pm
Just look out for bunting and signs across the island, I’m willing to distribute leaflets if anyone has some too.

Background in arts – From a young age I wanted to be an artist in some form, I don’t think it occurred to me that it might not be possible.

I studied illustration at Falmouth College of arts as well as gaining a Foundation in art at Salisbury College and a Certificate in education from the Isle of Wight College.

Since graduating I have been painting the island and it’s people. Working primarily on location for composition not only makes the pictures more dynamic, it also means you have a better sense of place. I try to add a bit of fun and humour, bringing in seaside holiday fun. My work is predominantly created with a fine liner or dip pen and coloured using artists watercolours and a sable brush.

I developed the style I use today on the outdoor landscape painting module of my illustration course. At the time I was really into oil paint but after a few disasters with torrential rain and wind I found joy with a new medium, pen and watercolour. The pen meant I could get in all the details and the colours was quick to add (and dry unlike the oils).

One day I was painting on the beach and a large group sat down next to me obscuring the view, I painted them in and was pleased with the result – this was the start of my busy style. I graduated with a portfolio of quite unusual editorial oil paintings with a political edge and some landscape paintings I loved.

My break through was a solo exhibition in the rope store at the quay arts centre in Newport in 2005 followed by a second at Quarr Abbey in 2019. I sell my originals through the website, open studio events, craft shows and at Burfields in Ventnor so it is hard to build up a big enough body of work for exhibitions.

I stock shops across the island as well as at local shows and events, in addition to prints I have developed my own my own gift and homeware range as well as painting a wide variety of commissions.

My love of the water, walking and cycling has taken me to (almost) every bit of the island and I have enjoyed capturing the unique essence of each place and its people in my work.

I would describe myself as an ideas person and regularly have more than I could hope to bring to fruition. I’m currently working on a colouring, children’s and guest book as well as new products to add to my range and several paintings.

I hope you enjoy my paintings as much as I have creating them. I couldn’t resist putting (a slightly smaller version of) myself sketching in this work below.