acrylic on canvas
works on paper
Where to see my work:
Babylon, Ely until 25 Sept
Teddington Unlocked, until end October
Kroll Headquarters, New York
The Phoenix Centre, St George's Hospital, London
Replingham Road, Southfields, London
You can see a selection of my work HERE
Me & my work
I started painting to escape the pain of a chronic condition called fibromyalgia. After decades of ineffective treatment, worklessness and depression, I attended an NHS course which set me on the path to a new life.
I am thrilled and delighted that a colourful painting inspired by the corona pandemic was part of the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, 2021. I appeared in a BBC2 documentary which followed four applicants as they progressed through the selection process. This was shown on 2nd October. It is available through BBC iPlayer.
I have two preoccupations. First, the beauty of nature which I observe in my everyday life. Second, the way in which my medical condition influences how I experience the world.
Fibromyalgia gives me an acute sensitivity to external stimuli which helps me create art. I love to lose myself in reimagining a place which has inspired me. I use a semiabstract style and through colour, tone and marks evoke a mood. I am inspired by the work and life of Frida Kahlo.
When I suffer bad pain, painting takes me to another place where my mind can relax and focus on the practice of making art. I have a very strong sense of place and all my works are based on real locations, and moments that have inspired me.
September, WaterWays, Babylon Gallery, Ely
August, Painting Wetlands at the Wetlands Centre Barnes, London
July, Long listed for the Visual Art Open, 2022
May, Long listed for the Holly Bush Prize, 2022
April, first major Gallery Exhibition
February, Awash 2022, Handa Gallery, Wells next the Sea, Norfolk
February, Work on display in Kroll New York through ArtCan, Explore 01
January, Winter, ArtCan exhibition
November, ING Discerning Eye, 2021
October, BBC Documentary,
September, Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, 2021
2020, ING Discerning Eye,
2020, Selected as part of Framed, street art project run by Wandsworth Council
Recent events and milestones
A gouache painting of summer hedgerows is included in the society of East Anglian Watercolourists WaterWays exhibition at the Babylon Gallery, Ely, Cambridgeshire.
The exhibition runs until 25th September.
Wild in the City
I was delighted to take part in a day of painting at the Wetland Centre in Barnes on Sunday 12th June. This was organised by Arts Richmond along the lines of the popular Sky television programme, Landscape Artist of the Year.
At the start of August an exhibition of the work created during this painting day was officially opened by the Mayor of Richmond. That exhibition is now closed but…
You can see both my paintings at an exhibition called Teddington Unlocked, organised by Bobcat Gallery, at Teddington Lock.
See the details here
Advice on displaying & caring for your art
When I first started painting I had very little understanding of how to care for all display pictures, whether originals or prints. I have collated what I have learnt into a handy hints and tips section.
If you have any advice and tips of your own that you would like to share, I am happy to include them in this!
My Royal Academy adventure
I was so excited when my painting, "Corona Panic in Sutherland Grove" was shortlisted for the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition.
Little did I know that that was just the start of my adventures.
Read about how I came to make the painting, and my experience of being shortlisted, then selected for the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, and being involved with a television programme here.
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