Artist, performer, instructor
I am a figurative artist, based in Ipswich, Suffolk, where I make expressive paintings and portraits full of nuances of light, colour and atmosphere mainly in oil on canvas trying to capture the intensity and flow of the fleeting moment, the play of the light, and the pleasures, fears and frustrations of everyday life.
I have exhibited widely and I have won awards for my portraits, including a prize at the BP Portrait Awards at the National Portrait Gallery. I regularly exhibit in venues in London, East Anglia and abroad, and I have my work in numerous private collections.
As a teacher and art instructor, I have developed a significant body of experience incorporating both the practice and history of art, having worked in schools and colleges as well as non-educational settings.
Fortunately I have enjoyed a varied career that has involved work in theatre, film and television as well as solo and collaborative work in performance, video and film projects.
Art experience Includes
Buckenham Gallery, Southwold
Byard Art, Cambridge
Reunion Gallery, Felixstowe
La Galerie du Bord de L’Orne, Clécy, Normandy, France
The Pin Mill Studio, Chelmondiston, Ipswich
The Frame Workshop, Ipswich
Hicks Gallery, Wimbledon, London
Alderburgh Gallery, Alderburgh
Affordable Art Fair, Battersea, London
Galerie St Fiacre, Nantes, France
“Twisted”, at The Market Cross Gallery, Bury St Edmunds
Le Foyer, Brussels
The Crypt Gallery, Marylebone, London
Sternberg Centre, London
B.P. Portrait Awards, National Portrait Gallery
Actors Art Exhibition, National Theatre
“Crazy Dog jumps” video piece,
“Into the garden” video piece
"Pathways" video piece
“The Maids” - Workshop of an artist’s version with Giovanna Maria Cassetta
“Frailty in Thought” Devised and performed promenade performance, Ipswich
“Frailty of Dreams” Mime performance collaboration Ipswich
“Miss Haversham Dreams” Mime performance piece, Ipswich
"Underneath the Skin" demonstration/performance, The Studio, Ipswich
"Underneath the Skin" demonstration/performance, Warwick University
B.P. Portrait Award, Commended, National Portrait Gallery, 1993
Sternberg Award. Second Prize. Sternberg Centre, London, 1995
Suffolk College, Commission of portrait of Chair of Governors, 2001
OTHER ACTIVITIES, teaching and workshops
As well as running Classes in Art and life drawing at The Studio Ipswich
I regularly run art workshops, and give talks and demonstrations to local art groups. Over the past few years I have run many classes for adults in art and painting at including classes for the Ipswich Institute, Suffolk College, Pin mill Studio and Life Drawing for the Pacciti Company, Think Tank Ipswich, Inside Out Community Arts Project, (running art workshops for people recovering from metal health problems.)
In 2004 I was part of a film project at a primary school in Leytonstone facilitating the children in costume design.
Whilst living in Brussels (1996-1999) I designed theatre sets and oversaw the construction of them, working with a mixed age group of volunteers.
For two years I was chair of Key Arts, an artist-run space in Ipswich, providing leadership and support for the development of a programme of events and exhibitions engaging numerous artists in new projects.
In 2011 and 2012 I designed the set and costumes for a contemporary dance performance at Hayward’s Heath sixth form College
1970-1975: CSEs including English, Maths, Art, Sociology, Music, Dance
1975-1977: Loughton College – Art Foundation
1974-1977: Mime classes at The Dance Centre, Floral Street
1976: Summer contemporary dance course, The Place
1977-1980: Bristol Old Vic Theatre School – Actor Training
1981: Mask Work course, London
1997-1999: Ecole des Arts, Brussels, Diploma in Fine Art
1999-2001: Suffolk College, School of Art, BA(Hons) Fine Art