I was was born in 1965 in Bristol, United Kingdom. I graduated Summa Cum Lauda with an MFA in Painting at Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, Georgia in 2019. I received my B.F.A. in Painting and Printmaking with University Honours from Virginia Commonwealth University, Virginia in 2016.
My works are included in numerous private collections, including Amazon Web Services Private Collection in Washington, DC.
I currently live and work in Bridgwater, Somerset.
The manipulation of textiles and lumber in much of my work is influenced by the legacy conveyed to me by makers and artists in my family. The inherent beauty lurking within materials such as wood and unadorned fabric inspires my creative enquiry. Walnut, twine, rope, cotton and burlap interspersed with acrylic medium and paint inspire and inform my creative direction. More recently, I have revisited watercolour and other aqueous mediums to create my current body of work, which is inspired by my surroundings and my childhood, growing up in Bristol.
After 8 years of undergraduate and graduate study, as well as a journey of 4 years exploring representational self-portraiture enhanced by circumspect surreal detail, I enjoy creating works heavily influenced by craft and making. Elements of warp, weft and texture permeate my work regardless of medium. I cannot disavow my heritage; I am unable to eschew ancestral influence, especially the close family members in my life who were accomplished makers, artisans and artists.
As a marked contrast to my creative investigations of the past years, I now feel compelled to reconsider my original artistic roots. If not for craft, my personal career in fine art would likely never have evolved. Water based art is a constant I have returned to time and time again throughout my career and I find it the most appropriate medium currently to express my creative direction now that I am back home in the UK.