In 2003 I came back to art, having spent a number of years pursuing other careers.
I grew up in a small village on the outskirts of London. I had a secondary school education, and spent a short time at Chelsea School of Art in the mid 1980's. Since then I have been based in London.
Currently, my work is primarily still life and I use oil paints as I love the rich colours and textures. I mainly paint on canvas, sometimes on textured canvas paper and wood. Sizes of paintings vary - from 3" to 6ft!
Along with sales to UK and international customers, my work has also been displayed in, and bought by, various London galleries. My flower paintings have been very popular. I admire Georgia O'Keeffe's flower paintings, and enjoy the sensual aspect of her work. I think that flowers and other plants can, in many ways, resemble the human body.
I am also a fan of American Realist artist Audrey Flack, whose still life compositions are amazing, and remind me of Dutch 17th century still life paintings, but in a modern way. Other likes - pretty varied: Dali, Warhol, Cezanne, Klimt, Vermeer, Van Gogh.
2003-2004 - Artbazaar Gallery, Berkshire
2003 - Classic Prints, Kings Road, London, SW3
2004-2005 - Bayswater Road Artists Exhibition, London, W2
2004-2005 - London Picture Centre, London, SW6 (commissions)
2004 to date - Londonart
2005 to date - Trackside Gallery, London, W3
2006 - Advocate Art, London, SW19
2007 to date - Superhire (prop hire company for films and TV)
2009 - Things We Love, Portobello Market, Portobello Rd, London, W11
June-July 2006 - Hogarth Club, London, W4
2-8 November 2006 - Barclays Bank Global Headquarters, Canary Wharf, London, E14
9-12 November 2006 - Candid Arts Trust, Islington, London, EC1
10-24 December 2006 - Trackside Gallery Christmas Exhibition, London, W3
21-29 April 2007 - Society of Botanical Artists Exhibition, Central Hall Westminster, London, SW1
11-19 May 2007 - Society of Fulham Artists & Potters, Fulham Library, London, SW6
8-10 June 2007 - Grand Designs Live, Excel Centre, exhibiting with accessories company All The Trimmings
1 July-30 Sept 2007 - Hogarth Club, London, W4 (solo)
30 Sept-28 Oct 2007 - Freud's Cafe Bar Gallery, 198 Shaftesbury Ave, London, WC2 (solo)
3-30 Nov 2007 - Cumberland Museum, Keswick, Cumbria (in association with Derwent)
21 Nov-9 Dec 2007 - Cafe Gallery Projects Open Exhibition, Cafe Gallery, Southwark Park, London, SE16
17 Mar-TBC 2008 - Temporary installation in the reception area, 21 Sackville Street, London, W1 - display arranged through surveyers PSK Knighton
19 Apr-27 Apr 2008 - Society of Fulham Artists & Potters, Fulham
28 Jun 2008 - Artists Open House Exhibition, St Dionis Hall, London, SW6
10 Jul-12 Jul 2008 - Salon des Arts, OSO Arts Centre, Barnes, London, SW13 (mixed show featuring British and French artists)
Aug 2008 - The Gallery in Cork Street, London, W1 - work shortlisted for charity show
Oct-Jan 2009 - Coco Ribbon Boutique, 21 Kensington Park Road, London, W11
Oct-ongoing - Bliss Fields Boutique, 69 Blythe Road, London, W14
28 Mar-5 Apr - Group Show, The Orangery, Holland Park, London, W14
PAINTINGS USED IN FILM PRODUCTIONS:
TBA 2009 - Knife Edge (Thriller, Seven Arts Productions) - large flower.
PAINTINGS USED IN TV PRODUCTIONS:
April 2007: The Bill (drama,ITV1)- abstracts.
June 2007: Touch Me I'm Karen Taylor (comedy, BBC3)- flowers.
March 2008: Laura, Ben & Him (comedy,ITV) - abstracts.
July 2008: New Tricks (drama; BBC1) - flower.
November 2008: The I.T Crowd, series 3 (comedy; Channel 4) - stripey abstracts.
February-March 2009: CBEEBIES (BBC children's channel) - abstracts.
September-October 2009: Dating In The Dark (Living TV) - flowers.
Plus various TV commercials, including Harveys, Cadburys, Government Drink Driving Campaign.
March 2007 - Mural work/furniture painting (commission)
Nov 2007 - Tree Peony painting overall winner for 2008 calendar competition in association with Derwent.
November 2007 - House & Home Ideas (Autumnal Art)
December 2007 - Artists & Illustrators (Portfolio page)
February 2008 - The Wessex Muse (The Art of Romance)
March 2008 - House & Home Ideas (Essentials Artwork Feature - Flora & Fauna)
May 2009 - Artists & Illustrators (Portfolio page)
OTHER PUBLISHED WORK:
Sept 2008 - Ling Design Ltd launch a range of notelets and wallets featuring some of my floral images.
Mar 2009 - Selected artworks under license to Daryl Davies Fine Art (DDFA) Ltd