I used to work primarily from landscape and the figure but I found that paint was calling for deeper exploration, and specific references were no longer relevant to the kind of images that were starting to emerge. I discovered that working into wet gesso allowed for different kinds of mark making and layerings that gave an entirely new direction to my work. I often start with acrylic on wet gesso - using different kinds of brushes and painting knives - and then layer further with oil paint. I like the first layers to be part of the ground rather than lying on top of it. The initial image suggests further development which includes exploring calligraphy inspired by my ongoing series of ink paintings, and trips to China.
The evolving language has developed from several years of sifting through paint-forms and questions about content, composition, and technique. I like my paint-process to be part of the final image, and the direct calligraphic brushmarks to be compositional elements. I am exploring further mark-making and content, thicker layers of gesso, acrylic, collage and oil paint. My two trips to China, and a resulting Fellowship, opened a new direction and an affirmation of my long term interest in the identity of calligraphic brush strokes.
I work between ink paintings (on rice paper) and painting on canvas, combining elements from the spontaneity of ink as it is poured or drawn across the fragile, absorbent rice paper. This life and spirit is essential to my working practice.
Artists whose work have been a source of inspiration are: Fiona Rae, Andrew Crane, Cy Twombly, Mali Morris, Melissa Meyer, Mark Dutcher, Ivon Hitchens, Howard Hodgkins, Albert Irvin - and many others - for the directness of their mark-making, colour and interest in the material qualities of paint. I am also very interested in contemporary Chinese artists and currently researching their work and approaches..
CV & Education
- I was awarded a Mark Rothko painting residency at the birthplace of Mark Rothko, Daugavpils (Latvia) as one of 15 artists selected globally, in September 2012.
- I had to create two paintings for an exhibition, and give a presentation of my work to an audience at the Daugavpils Regional Art Centre.
- I made four paintings, which were part of the Mark Rothko Plein Air exhibition. It opened on Rothko’s birthday anniversary, 25th September.
- My four paintings are included in the Mark Rothko collection, at the Mark Rothko Centre, Daugavpils, Latvia.
I was invited to do a one month Fellowship - 'The Schoolhouse at Mutianyu, Great Wall,' (China,) - for the month of August. My accommodation and expenses were funded by my hosts, a studio provided and the opportunities for exhibiting, giving talks and networking.
- Painting chosen to be featured in the printed March 2017 edition of AVERAGE ARTS magazine.
- THE JOY OF LIFE, (colour catalogue, hardback) for the 'Joy of Life' exhibition held at Port Commune Art Space, Kuala Lumpur, Feb 2017
- The Tunbridge Wells International Art Fair, catalogue, 2016
- Catalogue of the 6th Beijing International Art Biennale, 2015, (600 pages, colour)
- Article for THE JACKDAW, about the 6th Beijing Biennale, (November-December issue, page 26)
- Essay included on the online art magazine,, 'The WIP Project (Neoteric art)' on the theme of 'What is Painting?' (2nd January 2015)
- Author of ‘The Jagged Green Line,’ (historical fiction, set in Cyprus)
- Mark Rothko Plein Air Residency, colour catalogue 2012
- Article about the Mark Rothko residency for The Jackdaw, (page 30), November/December issue 2012, on the invitation of David Lee.
- A Moving Exhibition, catalogue, 2010 (two colour pages)
- The Cyprus Weekly, exhibition reviews, 1986 - 1997
- Pancyprian Annual Exhibition colour catalogue: 1991, 1993, 1996
- ‘Women Creators of the Two Seas,’ (Salonica) colour catalogue, 1997
- ‘The Courier,’ exhibition reviews, 1993, 1995, 1996
Studio Critical, online interview 2012. www.studiocritical.blogspot.co.uk
Podcast interview: www.ahtcast.com (March 2014)
2016 Paintings inspired by the Great Wall, exhibited at the Great Wall Room, at the Brickyard Retreat, Mutianyu, China (as part of my Fellowship)
2014 ‘Camden Quarter’ (restaurant) Tunbridge Wells, Kent
2012 The Kings Hill Project, Kent (10 paintings)
2009 Solo Show, The White Wall, Tunbridge Wells Library Gallery
2001 South East Open Studios, Tunbridge Wells, Home Studio
2000 South East Open Studios, Tunbridge Wells, Home Studio
1996 ‘Women in The Baths,’ Trinity Gallery, Tunbridge Wells, Kent
1995 ‘Landscapes and Townscapes,’ Tunbridge Wells Museum and Art Gallery, Kent
1995 ‘Images around the Artist’s House,’ Nicosia, Cyprus
1993 ‘A Journey Through Colour,’ Tunbridge Wells Museum and Art Gallery
1991 ‘Nicosia, Passages of Colour,’ The Fournos Gallery, Nicosia Cyprus
2017 The 7th Beijing International Art Biennale, (98 countries) Beijing, China (invited artist)
2017 'Red Circle Art,' Trinity Theatre and Art Centre, Tunbridge Wells, Kent
2017 'Not The Royal Academy', Llewellyn Alexander gallery, London
2017 'The Joy of Life,' at Port Commune Art Space, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
2016 Creatives@TunbridgeWells, at Trinity Theatre and Arts Centre, Tunbridge Wells
2016 The Tunbridge Wells International Art Fair, Tunbridge Wells
2016 South East Open Studios, 9Studio in Ely Court, Royal Victoria Place, Tun Wells
2016 'Not The Royal Academy,' the Llewellyn Alexander gallery, London
2015 The 6th Beijing International Art Biennale, The National Art Museum of China (exhibition of work from 96 countries, I was one of five artists representing the UK)..
2015 The Big Heart Auction, the Dome, Brighton
2015 'Brunch,' at Apothiki Studio, Paphos, Cyprus
2014 10 paintings at DMH Stallard, Crawley, Sussex, (in co-operation with Frickleton Fine Art)
2014 'SEE Art Fair, (July 9th-July 13th) Tunbridge Wells Assembly Hall
2014 'Not The Royal Academy,' Llewellyn Alexander Gallery, London
2014 10 Artists show paintings on the theme of SALE, at Hoopers Department store, Tunbridge Wells
2014 'White Hours,' Apothiki Studio, Paphos, Cyprus
2014 ‘Flight,’ The Gallery, Tunbridge Wells, Kent
2014 ‘People,’ Art Pull gallery, Tunbridge Wells, Kent
2013 SEE Artists exhibition, Art Pull gallery, Tunbridge Wells, Kent
2013 ‘Gold,’ (exhibition of contemporary paintings) Vitebsk, Belarus
2013 Residents’ exhibition, Mark Rothko Centre, Daugavpils, Latvia
2013 ‘Not The Royal Academy,’ Llewellyn Alexander Gallery, London
2012 Mark Rothko Plein Air, Daugavpils Regional Art Centre, Daugavpils, Latvia
2012 ‘Not the Royal Academy,’ London
2011 ‘Not the Royal Academy,’ Llewellyn Alexander Gallery
2010 ‘Not the Royal Academy,’ Llewellyn Alexander Gallery, London
2009 West-Eleven Gallery, Covent Garden, London
2009 ‘An Age of Miracles,’ The Brick Lane Gallery, London.
2008 Box of Delights, Tunbridge Wells Museum and Art Gallery, Kent
2008 ‘Not the Royal Academy,’ Llewellyn Alexander Gallery, London
2007 Canterbury Art Festival, University College for the Creative Arts, Canterbury, Kent
2006 Southern Contemporaries, Rhapsody House Gallery, Tunbridge Wells
2006 ‘Not the Royal Academy’ Llewellyn Alexander Gallery, London
2006 ‘First Class Post ‘Exhibition, Folkestone Library Gallery, Folkestone, Kent.
2006 ‘About Face,’ Tunbridge Wells Museum and Art Gallery
2005 ‘Not the Royal Academy,’ Llewellyn Alexander Gallery, London
2005 ‘Picture This 2,’ Sassoon Gallery, Folkestone Library, Folkestone
2004 Atlantic Art Gallery, Port Isaac, Cornwall
2003 ‘Not the Royal Academy,’ Llewellyn Alexander Gallery, London
2002 ‘Not the Royal Academy,’ Llewellyn Alexander Gallery, London
2002 Arts and Crafts Show, Tunbridge Wells Museum and Art Gallery
2001 Christmas Exhibition, The Weald Gallery, Cranbrook, Kent
2001 ‘Not the Royal Academy,’ Llewellyn Alexander Gallery, London
2000 ‘Not the Royal Academy,’ Llewellyn Alexander Gallery, London
1997 South East Open Studios, Adult Education Centre, Tunbridge Wells
1997 ‘Women Creators of the Two Seas,’ (27 Women Artists), Thessaloniki, Greece
1997 Summer Show, Walton Contemporary Art Gallery, London
1996 ‘Pancyprian Annual Exhibition,’ Famagusta Gate, Nicosia, Cyprus
1993 ‘Pancyprian Annual Exhibition,’ Famagusta Gate, Nicosia, Cyprus
1993 ‘Colour Notes,’ Socrate’s Restaurant-Gallery, Nicosia, Cyprus
Work in Collections:
The new Mark Rothko Centre, Daugavpils, Latvia
Mr Tim Scott (Sculptor, Art Critic)
The Nicosia Municipality, Nicosia, Cyprus
Private collections in the USA, France, Sweden, Denmark, Cyprus, Greece
I am currently running a gallery in Tunbridge Wells with a group of local artists. We set it up as a pop-up gallery but it has had much interest so we are continuing, and plan workshops and talks.
I did a painting workshop at the Skinners Kent Academy in November 2014, on the theme of portraiture. I am available for teaching and commission. My largest commission was two 20 foot by 8 foot high wall paintings for the corridor of a tavern in Nicosia, Cyprus (images of this are on my website). I have also painted many portraits.
Last year I was featured on the SKY LANDSCAPE ARTIST OF THE YEAR, chosen as a wild card artist and painting at Scotney Castle (programme aired on November 1st, on SKY ARTS, 2016).
I have just exhibited in Kuala Lumpur at the Port Commune Art Space. I am part of an artist collective with the Awe-some Fenix gallery which is curating exhibitions across South Asia and China, and is based in Hong Kong.