I base my paintings on sketchbooks from travels. Later this year I hope to be showing sketchbooks at an exhibition in Venice, “Matite in viaggio” – Pencils on a journey.
Back in the studio I use my large collection of jugs, pots and fabrics to set up still life paintings based on the ‘feel’ of a particular place, whether it’s the muted colours of a Cornish beach or the brilliance of Italy.
Matisse is my great love, but I have always felt a strong connection with the Scottish Colourists.
I graduated in Modern Languages from the University of Edinburgh and in Fine Art from Cheltenham Art School. I am fluent in Spanish, French and Italian and travel regularly with a sketchbook, finding inspiration in France, Italy, Spain and Australasia. In the summer months I tend my small Chiswick garden.
This winter I have been attending a Life Class in Richmond. Three hours drawing from the nude model, as artists have for centuries, does concentrate the mind.
As a result of these classes I have been adding more figures to my sketches. You have to draw very fast, of course, as people tend to wander off, unaware that they are being drawn.
Sometimes it helps to take a quick picture on my phone, and then draw the figure off the screen. This enabled me to catch the old lady fishing for her keys, and the policeman and the road sweeper in deep conversation while she pulled off one of her enormous gloves.
Interview with The Chiswick Calendar
2002 – 2018
Artists at Home, West London
The Royal Academy
The Century Gallery, Henley
Thin Dog Gallery, Cirencester
Gallery on the Green, London