I am an oil painter and colourist with a background in textile design. Inspired by domestic life and figures I paint from observation and memory to create paintings that celebrate colour and pattern with a rich muted palette.
I work from my studio at Godinton House alongside 6 other artists who have created an inspirational creative community. I exhibit widely in the south-east of England and am represented by Kent and Sussex Galleries.
Colour, light and pattern inspire my still life, floral and figurative paintings, which are influenced by artists such as Matisse, Bonnard and the Bloomsbury Group.
My paintings are multi-layered, beginning with a detailed drawing in translucent oil paint then building up the painting with layer upon layer of increasingly thick paint. In the final painting you can see the underpainting coming through in areas, which creates a glow and depth to the work. The use of light, shadows and colour makes atmosphere, feeling and mood, while the objects/figures tell a story . I am an avid collector of vintage textiles and homeware, which influence my work by giving a nostalgic quality to the imagery. The gentle compositions of everyday moments create paintings where the teacup or vase of flowers takes centre stage. The selection of objects, patterned plates, teacups, milk jugs and embroidered tablecloths is a joy to me and I often paint the same teapot over and over again. Light and how it falls, creating shapes, shadow, highlights and mood, morning light, cool light, evening glow, dappled light and how it affects the senses all play an important part in how I work.