My first recollection of my love for art was at infant school and being so proud of a crayon drawing I did of 'Champion the Wonder-horse' and the encouragement I received from the teacher! Later on whilst studying for Art 'O' Level, I remember the frustration of the teacher at the fact that all of my work seemed to include 'that ubiquitous horse'!
Based in Leicestershire, and originally from the North East of England, I studied Art and Design at The Universities of Sunderland and Newcastle, and graduated with a BA (Hons) degree in Graphic Design.
My early career, working as graphic designer was followed by a number of years spent in marketing, promotion and business development, working with multi disciplined agencies throughout the UK.
Two years ago I made the decision that I would put my art degree to good use and returned to painting, specifically, pastel painting. I now work as a professional artist and tutor, producing portraits of animals, wildlife and landscapes. My leap of faith to follow art has been rewarded, and I’m truly grateful to all those clients from as far away as the USA, Australia and Asia, who have commissioned me to produce paintings for them.
I like to include fine detail in my paintings, with velour and pastel board being my preferred base for pastels. Both hold the pigment well and are suitable for blending and creating detail, whilst still providing the opportunity to offer softness and atmospherics.
I enjoy the fun and engagement of delivering informal pastel painting workshops, whether helping beginners (of all ages) to enter and explore the of medium pastels, or encouraging experienced artists to further develop their technique and approach. I hold regular workshops locally, at the Ten 2 Gallery and offer private one to one tuition for those artists just beginning, or returning to painting or the more experienced who require personal support.
If you would like any further information on how I can support you with tutoring or to commission a pet portrait or painting, buy an original or print, please contact me: