I specialise in oil paintings inspired by gardens, fields and woodlands.
Working from my studio in Suffolk, I am inspired by the countryside around me.
The natural world is both awesomely powerful and delicately fragile. It provides an endless source of inspiration for my paintings.
I am interested in the beauty and the fragility of the world around us and representing something mortal or ephemeral in a permanent image.
I have always felt a very strong connection to the natural world from my earliest days climbing trees, making dens and discovering creatures in the fields and woods in the small Suffolk village where I grew up. This sense of wonder has never left me but now I feel a much greater sense of responsibility towards it.
More recently I have begun using my paintings and illustrations to create gifts and homewares. Using oil paintings combined with graphics and strong sense of rhythm and pattern has resulted in a range of products that I'm proud to release.
I am influenced in part by environmental events on a global scale and the destruction of natural habitats. However, much of my work explores the interesting and sometimes overlooked details of the local landscape and the flora and fauna around us. The idea is that the small things matter as much as the big things.
Immersing ourselves in the natural landscape, away from the busyness of towns and cities, can be uplifting and restorative. My paintings are an attempt to describe a connection with our impermanent and changing world.
My gifts and homewares are a little something to make life more pleasurable!
After completing an Art Foundation, I spent a further three years studying for a BA (hons) in Art and History of Art at the Winchester School of Art. I went on to complete a Masters Degree in Contemporary Art, Criticism and Philosophy at the University of Essex. More recently I completed a course at Central St Martins specialising in colour theory.
In the past I have taught art at GCSE and A Level and I have also taught BA (hons) Fine Art students at degree level. I now teach workshops locally.