I have always expressed myself through art: as a child my father taught me to draw insisting I only drew the gradients of grey I saw in the shadows, this technique leads to a gradual revelation of a figure or object described by the light that falls upon it. Although my MA is in English Literature I have been unable to exorcise the images in my mind any other way than through the messy but visceral medium of paint. While studying in Australia I worked in the studio of renowned portrait artist Tony Johansen at the East Sydney academy of Art honing my style with figurative life drawing and reference to classical artists.
My love of travel and my fascination with exploring different art styles particularly religious themes has lead me to paint, draw and photograph around the world. The heavy blue green of rice paddies in Cambodia, the slick brightness of Delhi drenched in monsoon, the reds and ocher in the middle eastern mountains... all these colours and contrasts combine with study of formal art of various cultures to inform my perpetually developing and shifting style.