About me

My paintings explore my connection to the British rural landscape, particularly my home in the South of England. Recent work has also been inspired by time spent in Cornwall, the Yorkshire Dales, Suffolk and the Lake District.


The paintings rely equally on observation and memory; they involve an element of abstraction and are more interested in evoking the sensory experience and emotional impact of the landscape than directly reproducing what I have seen.


I embrace a wide variety of media in each painting, from oils and acrylics through to house paints, pastels, inks, enamel spray paint, charcoal and coloured pencil. Nothing is off limits, and I will often make decisions spontaneously as I seek to express my memories of an encounter with the landscape.


The happy accidents that occur when these various media combine are essential to my work. My paintings are as much about the act of mark-making as they are about depicting a particular landscape or location. I want the process of painting to show through, and for each painting to maintain the spontaneity and energy with which I have produced it.


13th Sept - 10th Nov 2019:           Westmorland Landscape Prize - Rheged Centre, Penrith, Cumbria


2019:                                                            Two paintings shortlisted for the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition

                                                                      Longlisted for the Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize

14th - 17th Nov 2019:                              Wimbledon Art Fair - Wimbledon Art Studios, London

13th June 2019:                                         33 Art Sale - Bordean House, near Petersfield, Hampshire

                                                                      (one-night art show in aid of the Rural Refugee Network)

9th - 12th May 2019:                                Wimbledon Art Fair - Wimbledon Art Studios, London

30th March - 24th May 2019:                 Spring Exhibition - Iona House Gallery, Woodstock, Oxfordshire

7th - 10th March 2019:                            Affordable Art Fair Battersea (represented by Iona House Gallery)  


15th - 18th Nov 2018:                              Wimbledon Art Fair - Wimbledon Art Studios, London  

13th Sept - 11th Oct 2018:                      Surface Tension group exhibition - D-Contemporary Gallery, Mayfair, London   

11th Aug - 10th Nov 2018:                       Art@Clyde&Co group exhibition - Guildford, Surrey (in association with Guildford Arts)

7th - 10th June 2018:                                 Salon des Refusés group exhibition - Islington, London (in association with Happenstance Gallery)


10th - 13th May 2018:                               Wimbledon Art Fair - Wimbledon Art Studios, London                                

2017:                                                              Pre-selected for the Columbia Threadneedle Prize

                                                                        Shortlisted for the National Open Art Competition (two paintings)

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