About Me

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I grew up in a house full of paintings, drawings and books.  Sunday trips 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 earliest art education.  I wanted to be a fashion designer, an illustrator, 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 bespoke contemporary rugs for Kappa Lambda Rugs who worked with high-end retail and architect/interior design clients.  I designed rugs that went 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!)  My work was included in Christopher Farr and Matthew Bourne's book 'Contemporary Rugs' published by Merrell in 2002.

 

I've had various studios in the last 30 years, in Camberwell, Pixley Street, Oaks Park and now, near the sea.  I've exhibited my paintings across the UK, and am a member of Contemporary British Painting, having won the CBP prize in 2021.

 

Enduring resources that fill me up when painting is hard include "Birthday Letters" by Ted Hughes, Hugo Williams' "Billy's Rain", Edna O'Brien's 'The Love Object', Prunella Clough's late paintings, Per Kirkeby, Ilse d'Hollander, Sonia Delaunay's textile designs, Merlin James, Phillip Larkin's poem "Aubade", Bonnard's self-portraits, memories of rainy summers in Scotland, and the fascinating, slippery nature of language.