Welcome to my online studio.
Aristotle summed things up rather well when he wrote that "the aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance."
Artists who inspire me include Rembrandt, Caravaggio, Velàzquez, Picasso, Van Gogh, Ilya Repin, Tamara de Lempicka, Frida Kahlo, Evelyn de Morgan and Artemisia Gentileschi.
I paint to communicate the way that I experience and interpret the world around me. Portraits have always inspired and fascinated me. Sometimes, my Grandfather used to paint me, so I know how it feels to be the subject too. I happily watched him for hours as he worked away in his studios in England and Spain, mixing the paints and glazes, and talking about the artists that inspired him.
As a teenager, I remember sitting for my Grandfather whilst my Grandmother painted flowers. If she wasn't painting flowers, she would be carefully pressing the wild flowers she had gathered that day. Sometimes, she arranged the dried flowers into beautiful little compositions which she sold at craft fairs. My Grandparents often worked together and they were a great combination. My Grandmother's creations made a distraction for the portrait sitters as they observed her at work, and this resulted in their being less self conscious and fidgety!
I carry on the portraiture tradition inspired by my Grandfather. During his lifetime he spent a period of time lecturing in Florence at the British Institute of Fine Art. His palette, glazes and sight/size technique were tied into the historic art tradition of the region. I too have studied in Florence and the techniques used are the same today. Whilst this is a starting point for my work, my paintings are also modern and contemporary.
When painting a portrait I aim to capture the essence of the sitter. I also try to create a work of art that is relevant and enduring, hopefully powerful and timeless with an emotional intensity. My paintings are both objective and subjective. They are realist but also expressive and there is often a psychological or spiritual perspective.
I am also inspired by nature and the beauty of the natural word. I paint landscapes and wildlife, particularly lions, tigers and leopards. These magnificent creatures are stunningly powerful and many of their species are now critically endangered. So, I paint large scale portraits to draw attention to their plight.
After a series of paintings based on observation, I tend to create an abstract painting. The abstract work often relates to the colours and shapes from the series. My abstract work feels self indulgent and is a wonderful way to play with shape, line, tone, colour, pattern and form, as well as light and dark contrasts.
I also create sculptural designs. My sculptural work is bold and dynamic.
As an artist I reject the concept of the artist's obligation to maintain a single and cohesive style. Creativity involves experimentation and innovation. I believe that as life evolves so too does one's artistic interpretation. Different subjects, different environments, and different times, will elicit a different reaction. It is vital to allow creative inspiration to flourish fully, and for me this involves the freedom to paint in a style that suits the subject, time or mood. I consider my general style to be that of an abstract realist. My work is often painterly and bold. I use a variety of mediums but predominantly oil paints, acrylics, gold and silver leaf. My big cat paintings often include diamond dust, which symbolises the precious rarity of these beautiful and endangered species.
My work can be found in private collections in the UK, France, Italy, Greece and Germany. Some of my paintings are also available through Saatchi Art online. If you would like to commission an artwork or, to arrange an exhibition, please do get in touch.