My work is underpinned by my obsession with colour and form. I like breaking my subjects down in to their simplest form: shapes, shadows, highlights; and then rebuilding them into something that is familiar yet transformative. The result? Reconstruction of nature – art for people who see the world differently.
I’ve always been fascinated by artist’s creative process. The first thing I do after initially being wowed by something is get up close to a painting, or a sculpture and study the texture, the layers, the brushstrokes. It’s an endless source of inspiration and mystery all at the same time. Art is usually a very gestural thing and that’s why I love challenging myself with these intricate, geometric artworks. It’s pushing my knowledge of form to the limits, as I have to create something that has soft, curvaceous form in real life and reimagine it in a restrained and mathematical way and the outcome is a sort of 3D sculpture using a 2D medium.
Perhaps most importantly though, colour is the backbone/key to all of my work. I’m always on the look-out for perfect colour combinations in nature and am forever photographing people’s clothes, walls, scraps of rubbish that catch my eye. It’s an ongoing learning process, but hopefully my background colour palette shows just how colour when matched correctly can be magical!
I work from my home studio in Bedford, UK.
Being brought up in the countryside, I'm consistently wowed by the animal kingdom. I also spent most of my teens and art school years (Central St. Martins & Middlesex) painting people and getting lost in their features and the make-up of how their body is put together.
But to narrow it down for my current artwork style - an image that was life changing for me and may well have kick-started the block colour background and captivating portrait poses for all of the geometric artworks is The Portrait of the Doge Leonardo Loredan by Giovanni Bellini. Painted during the Venetian Renaissance, it stopped me dead in my tracks when I first spotted it at The National Gallery; an incredible, hyper real, formal portrait painting like a Roman bust. This is how I want all the animals to appear – regal in their appearance, as important as the next animal regardless of where they are on the food chain.
All the portraits are designed to mix and match and contain block pastel and neutral background tones harmoniously suiting them to both contemporary and more conventional decor. From a bold industrial look to stripped back minimal, the artworks add warmth and a focal point to a room.
Fine art prints are a great way to invest in affordable quality art that can be passed down through the generations. As the prints are all certified giclée standard, they should last without discolouring for up to 200 years when properly looked after. To achieve this, the images are printed with fine inks on archival quality paper at an incredibly high resolution. They are then carefully packaged with acid free tissue paper and casing to protect their longevity.
There are currently three collections in progress:
Great British Birds, Woodland Creatures and Animals V Humans.
Proud to work with British independent businesses, all packaging is plastic free and recycled packaging is used wherever possible. 2021 will see some big changes in working towards a more sustainable business model and giving back to the planet.