I graduated from the Byam Shaw School of Art, London, in 2001, and have worked as a commissioned artist ever since. Upon graduation, I decided to leave behind the installations and wall paintings and go back to my first love- figurative, oil on canvas. I produced a series of nudes which were exhibited at 'A gallery', 'Beverley Knowles Fine Art', 'Chambers Gallery' and various other galleries in London.
I also started to produce portraits- adult and children's, and have had the privilege of working with the wonderful actress Sheila Hancock, respected theatre director Terry Johnson and renowned cardiologist Mr Romeo Vecht. In 2012 I was shortlisted for the Diamond Jubilee Portrait Competition for my portrait of Her Majesty the Queen.
Working as a commissioned artist, I like to work with the client to produce something personal and timeless, which also compliments the space and surrounding hues; a painting should really be an integral part of the room. Recent commissions include a large painting of an album cover for a music producer, a diptyche of a woman's parents from the 70's and a large portrait of Angelica Huston.
Whether working on a nude, a child's portrait or a large black and white portrait of an actress from the 70s, the work has to produce a visceral, as well as cerebral, effect. I particularly love working on a large scale but, having said this, will just as happily produce a series of pre-raphaelite inspired miniatures!