I am an Artist and illustrator using both digital and traditional techniques to create my artwork. I love to sketch from life, capturing the moment and energy of people and places.
I feel very lucky to live by the sea and enjoy painting during low-tide as well as documenting the hustle and bustle of people enjoying seaside activities. I’ve honed my observational drawing skills through regular and consistent life drawing, portraits and location work.
All my ideas begin life in my sketchbook after heading to the beach to watch the sunrise, observe kite surfers on a windy day or simply sketching passers-by. Through my illustrations I aspire to convey the action, emotion, weather and energy of a place or an event.
Embracing the elements!
I find great joy being out in the open air, absorbing the atmosphere and watching the light change. So I paint outdoors when ever I can. I also take my sketchbook out regularly and use my drawings and reference notes to create my paintings when it’s not possible to complete them on the spot. If you'd like to see inside my sketchbooks visit our outdoor exhibition 'The Coastal Creatives' along the Promenade on the West Buildings Shelter.
I was commissioned by Research Casting International Ltd (RCI) to work as a reportage artist (the art of visual story telling) to record the fabrication process of the blue whale skeleton ‘Hope’ which now hangs in the magnificent Hintze Hall at the Natural History Museum London.
To read about my encounters with the Blue whale skeleton please see my blog ‘Hangar to Hintze Hall – a journey of Hope’ on my website.
The painting below was created from life in the iconic Hangar at Bicester Heritage. The whale is yet to have the ribs attached and it looked spooky and magnificent with the light coming through the window behind. Chris Beck who projected managed the fabrication of the skeleton for RCI is preparing the metal armature created by the Skeleton Crew.
All the work I created of the whale can be purchased as a fine art limited edition print.