I am a versatile artist based in South Devon, with a passion for producing fine art in pencil and oil. Attention to detail and good draughtsmanship are important to me; I pride myself on the quality of my work and not taking 'short-cuts'.
I have always enjoyed drawing, both in colour and in black and white. I developed a distinctive style with coloured pencil during my teens, favouring rather surreal subjects from my imagination and also copying artwork from album covers, creating posters using their imagery. I put these skills to good use as publicity officer for the Quaich Society, Gilbert and Sullivan Society and RockSoc during my degree studies at the University of St. Andrews.
While in St. Andrews I became a sought-after set designer and painter for student theatre productions. This arose from a casual enquiry regarding set painting for a production of G&S's 'The Gondoliers'. As it happens, they were high and dry with show time looming, so I jumped in at the deep end and the rest, as they say, is history.
Since my degree I have become proficient in oils as well as pencil, starting with local landscapes and diversifying into the world of fine art pet portraits. I have taken part in several exhibitions in South Devon since 2006 and was an artist in residence at Hannah's at Seale Hayne in 2010-11.
I held my first solo exhibition in November 2015 on Dartmoor at Ullacombe Farm.
I have delivered successful demonstrations and workshops for local art groups and, whilst at Hannah's, facilitated hands-on art classes for people with profound and multiple learning disabilities.
I work mainly in preparation for exhibitions and on commission in pencil and oil. Subjects have included dogs, cats, boats, buildings, landscapes and bespoke graphic artwork for businesses. I was pleased and fortunate to have my design printed on the 2014 Glastonbury Festival bag, the other side of which featured work by well-known Cornish artist Kurt Jackson.
Enquiries welcome, subject matter is not necessarily confined to the above! Please use the contact form.