and thanks for visiting. A few words about what I do, how I got here and how I work.
I've had an unrelenting interest in art and design since childhood. My favourite subjects are anything with a heartbeat. The eyes really are the windows to the soul and meeting a subject is my preference. However, I have painted successfully from reference photographs and from talking to a client to find that spark that needs to be captured.
Having spent some years gaining an HND in graphic design and illustration and finally a BA, I couldn't wait to ditch the pc and get back to fine art. Being a music teacher by full time profession I am lucky to have had free time to do this. A few years have passed by and I'm now dabbling in the world of digital art again but still prefer to work in oils or pastels, pencils, crayon, watercolour, inks, acrylics.
I like to experiment with fresh ideas and techniques. For this reason you will find that my portraits and ideas will often be completely unique when I've been left to my own devices. However, I am disciplined enough to listen to what you really want to gain from your portrait and I will always value your wishes. Ultimately, the end goal will always be happy clients.
A painted portrait can be a beautiful work of art that celebrates a life and times of the subject for their family. In my gallery you will see a few different styles amongst my pictures and paintings. I work in various mediums depending on what I am trying to achieve and I dabble in the world of digital art in some cases to create a point of reference that I can use to work from when I am working a final piece. I love to create portraits that capture an individual spirit and often work from old photographs, changing and adding detail that enhances the feel of the character.
For subjects that I haven't previously met in person, a selection of photographs can be useful as well as some guidelines from you, the client that I can take individual details from. For example, you have a plain photograph, but the subject is a keen fisherman. We could incorporate this into your painting with fishing tackle and floats perhaps in the background. Or for a photograph that is essentially good, but something isn't quite right ( I am thinking of many photos of children where I've painted out the smear of chocolate on their chin! ) or perhaps the clothing isn't what you'd choose. We can discuss and think of changing these things.
Murals can be painting as interior or exterior artworks and can literally transform any given space, brightening up the area and adding a new dimension to your room or garden. Please take a look at the mural gallery and contact me for an informal chat if you are thinking of having a mural.