In recent years, I have started to focus more on figures within interiors, exploiting the atmospheric northern hemisphere and the natural light that dominates my surroundings. My compositions are painstakingly pieced together to create a carefully skewed perspective that encourages the viewer to almost step into the scene.
I try and work as much as I can from life. If I am painting a large piece, my paintings can sometimes take a while to complete. My sitters have to be patient. After doing preliminary sketches, I spend a long time planning my compositions on tracing paper, moving things around and changing and distorting the perspective. I paint in the ancient medium of egg tempura. It requires skill and patience, but rewards by conveying a unique sense of depth and intensity. I work entirely in the traditional way; making up my paint from pure pigment, the yolk of a chickens egg and a little distilled water. I lay down the paint on prepared Gesso panels; the whiteness of the plaster glinting through the fine matrix of cross-hatched coloured layers like light through stained glass.
1962 Born in London.
1981-82 Foundation at Kingston Polytechnic.
1984-86 Fine Art and Critical Studies, St. Martins School of Art.
1986-89 BA (Hons) Fine Art (Painting), Kingston Polytechnic.
1991-2004 Taught life and general Drawing and Painting for adult education in Surrey.
2005-08 Taught own classes in Portraiture, Life Drawing and Painting at the studio at Riverside Art Centre, Sunbury-on-Thames, Middlesex.
2005 - 06 Taught GCSE and A-Level as visiting Artist and Tutor, Priors Field Girls School, Godalming, Surrey.
2008 Appointed by National Gallery, London, to conduct workshops.
Society of Tempera Painters
2008 New English Art Club Annual Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London.
2008 Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London.
2008 Royal Society of Portrait Painters, Mall Galleries, London.
2007 The Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize, Painters Hall.
2007 Kaupthing Singer and Friedlander/Sunday Times Watercolour Competition, Mall Galleries, London.
2007 BP Portrait Award, National Portrait Gallery, London.
2007 Figurative Guest Artist at Charterhouse School, Godalming, Surrey.
2006 One Love: The Football Art Prize,The Lowry Centre, Manchester.
2006 The Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize, Painters Hall.
2006 Singer & Friedlander/Sunday Times Watercolour Competition, Mall Galleries, London.