I am an artist living and working in Settle, North Yorkshire. I attended Harrogate College of Arts and Technology, and Cleveland College of Art and Design.
After graduating in 1997, I began to educate myself in the basic techniques that I felt I had not been taught, starting with the fundamentals of draughtsmanship. I returned to life drawing classes, and gradually improved to the point where I trusted my technique enough to draw all of my preparatory work directly from life.
I like to work from life wherever possible, building comprehension of the sitter through preliminary sketches. This will, I hope, lead to the creation of well reasoned and durable images. Drawn and painted portraits have an interpretive aspect and an engagement with the subject matter that other methods can struggle to replicate. This is why this type of portraiture has continuing relevance and appeal, regardless of the whims of fashion.
I have exhibited in joint shows at the Linton Court Gallery, the Spiral Gallery, the Museum of North Craven Life, and group shows, including the 2003 BP Portrait Award, and the Royal Society of Portrait Painters annual exhibition in 2010 – 2014.
In 2009, I was shortlisted for the 2009 Bulldog Bursary, and received mentoring from members of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters.
In 2013 I was elected as the newest member of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters, and started to receive my first commissions from them, with an ongoing series of drawings of Fellows of Trinity College Cambridge.
I tutor life drawing classes, and offer one to one tuition, contact me if you are interested.