A bit about me
I was born into an artistic family on the 9th of February 1973 and raised in West Bromwich, near Birmingham, and ever since I was knee high to a grasshopper I have been drawing or making things from cardboard, like cars for my Sindy doll or little houses.
At school, my favourite subject was , of course, art and I had a wonderful teacher called Mr Evans who gave me support throughout my years at Edgecliff High School, Kinver. He convinced me to take my GCSE in Art 1 year early and I'm glad I did because I passed with a grade A.
I attended to Stourbridge College of Technology & Art after school and gained knowledge in various subjects. I then decided to further my education at West Surrey College of Art & Design, Farnham, Surrey with a BA(Hons) course in textile Design. The course itself was very technologically based and learnt a lot about printed
textile design , which became my final 2 years subject. I had my degree show at Butlers Wharf, in London and finally came out with a BA(Hons) in Printed Textile Design.
I now reside in Spain but am still an active member of certain Art Societies in the UK.
My paintings are illustrative and observed and I tend to paint things that really interest me. My favourite subject has to be anything with a bit of rust on. Old door latches, chains. I absolutely love the colour and texture that rust produces. Also in the past I've done a lot of fruit paintings. I am absolutley fanatical about it's colour and form.
I look at things , obsessively of how and what they are.
Some of my recent still life paintings have been working in soft pastel , which has always been a medium that i have swayed against using, probably because I have only concentrated on working in enhanced watercolour. I'm in love with pastel as you can obtain a rich and vibrant colour throughout your work.I have also returned to my old favourite - coloured pencil. I find the Faber Castell coloured pencils really nice to work with, that combined with Derwent Coloursoft for a more vibrant overlay.
My other favourite subject is animals. Being an animal fanatic, ( I have 3 cats ) I love to try and see deep into the soul of the animal by painting their eyes in detail and capturing the character. My favourite medium is pastel and coloured pencil crayon for the softness that they create to enable to bring the fur of the animal to life. I also enjoy working with watercolour as you can obtain different textures.
My Pet Portraits have proven very popular here in Spain as well as in the UK, and in the past I have contributed in supporting a local Animal Rescue Centre called PAD, here on the Coast where I exhibited my work at their fayres and dog shows.
I am inspired by a number of artists: First of all my dad who is a brilliant watercolour and pastel artist. Angus McEwan-an amazing rust painter, Sam Toft - who is based in Brighton where I used to live. Pasqualino Fracasso, who is also an amazing watercolour artist and a fellow member of the Birmingham Watercolour Society. These are all but a few of my favourite artists. The list is endless!I am inspired by a number of artists: Firstly, my father who has given me much support and guidance from an early age. Angus McEwan is an artist whose work in watercolour, texturing and multi layering, gives me inspiration. Also, I admire the work of Sam Toft – a Brighton based artist where I lived for a time on leaving West Surrey College of Art and Design.
I feel very privalaged to be an active member of the following Societies: The Birmingham Watercolour Society and Wolverhampton Society of Artists and in October 2020 I was accepted as a member of the Association of Animal Artists UK.