I am a painter of people, landscape and still lives. I studied at the Slade School of Fine Art from 1990-1994 and took part in an exchange at the New York Studio School in 1993. I came up to Newcastle in1995 to do an MA in Fine Art at the University of Northumbria.
I am inspired by the expressionist spirit of northern Europe particularly painters like Emil Nolde, Vincent Van Gogh, Chaim Soutine and Egon Schiele. I love the directness of these artist’s work and their visceral response to their subjects. I am influenced by the energy of American artists including Willem De Kooning and Alice Neel. I love De Kooning’s energetic, gestural brush strokes and Neel’s distinctive approach to portraiture. My main interest is painting people, I enjoy the immediacy of painting people and having a time limit to capture something. I love artists like Alice Neel and Chaim Soutine who capture the humanity and vulnerability of their sitters. I am interested in the particular dynamic that occurs between painter and subject and my paintings are a record of that.
At the moment I am inspired by the beautiful, luminous paintings of Winifred Nicholson.