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I grew up in a house full of paintings, drawings and books.  My dad was an artist and art teacher.  Sunday trips with him to the Tate Gallery (at a time when there was only one) and excursions along the King's Road in the late 1960s, were my early art education.   As a kid I wanted to be a fashion designer, then an illustrator, then a graphic designer.  Instead, I read Spanish and South American literature and history at University College London, before taking a fine art degree at WSCAD (Farnham) in my late 20s.  I gained a 1st class degree in painting and took a postgraduate course at Central St Martins in London in 1989.  In 1990, by chance, I started designing contemporary rugs for Kappa Lambda Rugs, who worked with high-end retail and architect/interior design clients.  My rugs found their way into residential, corporate and commercial interiors in the UK and abroad and were included in major design and media events including 100% Design, ‘UK Now!’ (Melbourne), ‘Best of British’ (Canary Wharf) and ‘TGI Friday’ (the first series!)  I was included in Christopher Farr and Matthew Bourne's book 'Contemporary Rugs' published by Merrell in 2002.

 

I've had various studios since 1990, in Camberwell, at Pixley Street and at Oaks Park in suburban south west London.  I now split my time between Oaks Park and the Kent coast, painting and making ceramics. 

 

Influences on my work include Ted Hughes' poems "Birthday Letters", Hugo Williams' poems "Billy's Rain", Edna O'Brien's 'The Love Object', Prunella Clough's late paintings, Per Kirkeby, Sonia Delaunay,  Phillip Larkin's poem "Aubade", Bonnard's self-portraits, memories of rainy Summers in Scotland, and a current preoccupation with a darkening worldview.