I always work in situ, starting and finishing the painting in the room itself. This gives the picture a strong sense of atmosphere and also forces me to make decisions, trusting my initial instincts to make a complete and original image there and then.
Initially, I find a viewpoint in the room which I find interesting or challenging, then look through hundreds of magazine pages. Viewing the subject I find what's striking me, for instance a strong light area, a deep shadowed recess or an interesting light effect on the floor. Considering the pages, I think of them in terms of light or dark or strong colour shapes. Rather than look for instant ready-made images of specific objects, such as a chair or a dark wall, I examine the pages in a totally abstract way. To assist this process, I may turn the page upside down or sideways. Once I have selected two or more pages, I attach them seamlessly to a blank piece of paper.
Now I compare the scene and the painting's base, working on the structure of the room within the pages, I paint the picture onto the magazine 'in my mind's eye'. Then I start painting on top of the pages. I use acrylic to change certain colours or darken areas. I scratch the surface with a scalpel to create an intense white. I mould the objects, such as chairs, curtains, window recesses, or shutters from what is available to me on the magazine pages. Some of the magazine colours may be wrong but have the right tone, so I leave them and blend in colours. I use thin pale paint and wash it over areas which are too intense. With these techniques, my interpretation of the space becomes realistic.
I try to leave unpainted as much of the original pages as I can. The painting's surface, seen from an angle, is matt where the paint is, shiny on the remaining areas. Finally, the image of the room is dominant, but coexists with a foundation, the photograph of a totally different room beneath. It has taken me years to create and perfect this technique. It creates a unique image.
|1991-1993||MA Illustration, Royal College of Art, London|
|1987-1990||BA(Hons)Graphic Design, Norwich School of Art|
|1986-1987||Foundation Course, Kingston Polytechnic|
|2018||'Guiding Stars', Sarah Wiseman Gallery, Oxford|
|2018||'The Garden', Sarah Wiseman Gallery, Oxford|
|2017||'Woods in Winter', Sarah Wiseman Gallery, Oxford|
|2017||'In Situ: New Oxford Interiors', Sarah Wiseman Gallery, Oxford|
|2016||Spring Exhibition, Sarah Wiseman Gallery, Oxford|
|2015||Autumn Exhibition, Sarah Wiseman Gallery, Oxford|
|2010||Oxford Exhibition, Sarah Wiseman Gallery|
|2008||A total of fifteen commissions including four paintings commissioned for The Langham Hotel, London through 'Project Art'|
|Commissions of Christchurch Cathedral, the Divinity and Convocation Schools the Bodleian Library, Worcester College, Oxford|
|2007||Eight commissions including private homes in Padstow, Cornwall|
|2006||The CEO of SilentGliss commissioned a painting of the exterior of their new factory in Kent|
|2005||Four paintings commissioned of a house on the beach in Grand Cayman and four paintings commissioned of a Tuscany house|
|Commission in Polzeath, Cornwall|
|2000-01||National Trust's 'Artist in Residence' at Osterley Park House ending in exhibition at the Jersey Galleries, Osterley|
|2001||The Royal Mail commissioned designs for five stamps|
|2001||Paul Stead, Head of Fitch Design, commissioned four large paintings of St Paul's Church, Petersham, for his Private Collection|
|2000||The Arts Trust, Jersey commissioned three paintings of the Opera House, St Helier, to be made into limited edition prints|
|1999-03||Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd commissioned six sets of illustrations to be installed on three of their cruise ships|
|1998||The Ionian Bank, City of London, commissioned three large screens for their Trading Rooms|
|Her Majesty The Queen commissioned two paintings of the Throne Room for The Royal Collection|
Limited edition prints produced of three paintings to sell in North America
Mei-Ha Tsang Designs sold my textile designs in New York, Japan and France.
Buena Vista commissioned illustrations to be made into three films shown on Saturday morning children's national television.
Museum of London, Barbican Exhibition 'Artist's London'. Three works acquired for archives and displayed on the internet.
Editorials in Apollo Fine Arts Magazine, What's On, Time Out, Hot Tickets, House and Gardens, Elle Decoration, World of Interiors, Uptown magazine, the Evening Standard, The Week, The Sunday Times, and The Independent
|1998||Chelsea Arts Society Painting Prize - (Council member since 2007)|
|1993||Arts Council Exhibition Award|
|Parallel Prize, RCA (£4000)|
|Exhibited in 'The Illustrators' at The Chris Beetles Gallery, St James's|
|1992||Letraset/Faber Castell Award (£500)|
|1991||Prince's Trust Travel Scholarship|
Islington Art Fair, London
Art on paper Fair, Royal College of Art, London
Glasgow Art Fair, Scotland
Chelsea Art Fair, London
Country Living Fair, Islington, London
Academie Refuse, Llewelyn Alexander Gallery, London
Affordable Art Fair, Bristol
Chelsea Arts Fair, Duke of York Headquarters, London
Chelsea Arts Society Show, London
Discerning Eye, London
Dublin Art Fair, Eire
Edinburgh Art Fair, Scotland
Affordable Art Fair, London
Affordable Art Fair, New York
Miami Art Fair, USA