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 A B O U T M E ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________  ﷯I have been working as an artist for over 12 years in London, having studied drawing at the Prince’s Drawing school and portraiture at the Heatherley School of Art in my mid 20s. My main focus has been my flower paintings, sold through commissions as well as various art galleries and fairs in London. I am also a trained Interior Designer. Recent work has included planning and re-configuring the interiors for an architect built house in Battersea, making up sample boards and drawings on behalf of practices and brands. I started on my journey as an artist when disillusioned with the world of marketing, which I had studied at university- along with Italian and Japanese, I began to paint whenever I could fit it in. I had large wooden boards cut for me and pinned linen on top onto which I began to paint landcapes and then flowers. Initial work involved commissions for friends and family. One day I spotted artists selling their work along the Bayswater Road, hung on the railings, and thought it would be a good way to assess what the public thought of my work. The first painting I sold was an unforgettable, thrilling moment. It was a triptych of calla lillies. Slowly I began to attract regular customers and I had to work hard to keep the stock up. Looking back now it was a huge learning experience as it allowed me to practice how to create a finished piece of art for selling, deal with clients, money exchange and how to maintain business relationships. I soon packed up my stall and began to take it more seriously, starting with being represented by a gallery at the Affordable Art Fair. I work now mainly on a commission basis. I have painted many subjects over the years but often I find myself lured back by a beautiful flower that I feel I need and have to paint. It is their energy, intensity of colour and ability to hold the observer in the present moment with a sense of awe and reverence for what nature has produced, that I find so alluring. Much of life now is fast paced, rushing from one thing to another. It is rare that we make time for stillness and presence. To paint is a privilege as I am able to take time to be still and really study and capture the beauty that is around me. My hope is to condense my observations over time into a single piece to pass on to others. By enlarging the scale of a flower I aim to give emphasis to the form of the subject and make it visually engaging for the observer. Painting for me is a form of meditation. When I paint, I become fully absorbed in the colours and shapes as they take form on the canvas in front of me. Colours begin to blend and merge into one another and seemingly abstract patches of paint come to life, perhaps as a fold in a petal or a deep vein in a leaf. In nature there are so many exciting colours that can be captured on the canvas, a vibrant rich red of a tulip to the soft pastel pinks of a peony. Single background colours help to give an intensity and vitality to the flowers I paint and bring focus to the subject, offering a spotlight into the natural world. They appear to leap forward from the canvas towards the observer and become almost tangible. I am consistently fascinated by the relationship between colours, how they advance and recede, how one tone can intensify another. My work has evolved naturally throughout my career as an artist, mainly as a result of commissions, which have taken me in different directions, but also as my eye for colour and tone has matured. I have recently introduced more depth into my work although these changes never seem to be conscious. _____________________________________ B I O W O R K A N D E X H I B I T I O N S Bayswater Road Artist’s Exhibition 2004-2006 Group exhibition, no.7 Gallery, Holland Park, London- 2006 Solo exhibition, GC Fine Art, Brook Green, London ‘Flowers in focus’- 2008 Group exhibition, The Lansdowne Club, London, 2006-2012 Group exhibition, Arthouse 5 Gallery, East Finchley, London 2009 Affordable Art Fair, Spring 2007, 2010, 2011 Represented by Art* Gallery, 2011 Consider the Lilies, Gallery 27, Cork Street, London, October 2012 A Decade of Expression, The Mount House Gallery, Marlborough, September 2013 Past, Present, Future, 20th Century Theatre, Notting Hill, London, November 2015 Secret Postcard Sale, Messum's, Wiltshire, February 2018 Holland Park Art Exhibition, The Orangery, Holland Park, London W8, April 2018 Sky Portrait Artist 2019. On the reserved list, April 2018 Commissioned by Trengwainton Gardens, National Trust, 2012 Commissioned by Cabbages and Roses, 2013, 2014 My work is mainly commission based with private collections in U.K, France, Holland, U.S. and Middle East. C U R R E N T | U P C O M I N G W O R K A N D E X H I B I T I O N S Ramsay, Ebury Street, selection of works 'A Sense of Place', Mall Galleries 6th to 11th November, 2018
Irises | Holland Park | London
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