I have lived in Winscombe near Bristol since moving there from London in 1981. I have been a practising artist since graduating from the Central School of Art and the Royal College of Art, London, in 1977.
My solo shows of paintings include Camden Galleries London, Anthony Hepworth Fine Art Bath, and Atelier 25 Chinon France. I have participated in The Other Art Fair at the Arnolfini Bristol 2017 and 18, and in many group shows including The Arnolfini, Bankside Gallery London, The RA Summer Show, The Fermoy Centre Kings Lynn, and Plymouth City Art Gallery.
In 1981 I won 2nd prize in the National Portrait Gallery’s portrait painting competition, and was commissioned by the Gallery to paint a double portrait which is in their permanent collection. I have painted many portraits to commission. I also paint still life, buildings and landscape, usually working thematically.
As part of my wider art practice over the years I have also worked in printmaking, artists’ books, music performance and theatre.
I have work in private collections worldwide. Work in public collections includes the National Portrait Gallery; Contemporary Art Society; National Poetry Library; National Art Library at the V&A; and the British Library, London.
I taught relief printmaking at Central School of Art and Design 1979 – 1993. I have been co-director of The Art Shed (formerly Mendip Painting Centre) in Winscombe, North Somerset since 1985, and have taught widely in art colleges and residential adult education.
Awards and Grants
2017, 18 Arts Council grants with Soap Soup Theatre for theatre show ’MathildaMathilda’ inspired by my art
1991 Brewhouse Open Exhibition 1st Prize
1982 Royal West of England Academy: 1st prize
1981 National Portrait Gallery Portrait Award: 2nd prize
1977 The Figurative Art Prize at the Royal College of Art
During covid I walked the nearby lanes and streets in all weathers and times of day. Since then I have been working on a series of paintings inspired by skies, places and spaces close to home and those of my childhood in Bristol. I am particularly (but not exclusively) inspired by dawn, dusk and night. I am intrigued also by roads and streets as metaphors for human restlessness and the passing of life.
I look for the magic in the commonplace and try to create work which is both beautiful and thought provoking.
Images left to right:
- Mothering Sunday, watercolour 35 x 51 cms
- Going Home, watercolour 30 x 63 cms
- The Village at 4am, watercolour 35 x 54 cms
- Heat Wave, watercolour 34x48cms