“If you could put it into words, there would be no reason to paint” Edward Hopper.  

As a student I was struck with awe by Munch’s “Frieze of Life”.  The sheer size of the pieces, the bold use of colour, movement and raw emotion moved me tremendously. 

Leaving the South for the Midlands I entered art college in 1986.  This in itself was an eye-opener in the ways in which people engaged … I loved it!  A more open and friendly society I had found and it felt like coming home.

Years later, having travelled Europe and worked in graphic design in London, I trained in Education with Fine Art at Christchurch College Canterbury and went on to become a teacher. 

I am still hugely excited by the work of children, the uninhibited freshness that they bestow in their work always thrills me. 

I still teach small groups occasionally today because of this.

My work is often motivated by powerful and exciting imaginings or experiences and the dynamics between human relationships. I am currently working on a 1940's themed series of paintings reflecting the liberation and discovery. 

I believe that every human has the ability and need to express their feelings, be it through word, music, dance or any other creative pursuit and that supporting each other in this endeavour is vital.  

My ultimate intention is to create work that engages the viewer's emotions often resonating and thus providing solace in the shared experience.

“In all of living, have much fun and laughter. Life is to be enjoyed, not just endured.”  ― Gordon B. Hinckley

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