My work focuses on the human form in water and has two main concerns; to observe and record from life the movement of the human body in water and then to use the transforming qualities of paint to create semi abstract images. My paintings range form small scale works to life size and I work mainly in oil paint on canvas. My fascination with the figure in water began over ten years ago when I realised that I could combine many of my artistic concerns in one subject; movement, the figure, abstraction, light, feelings and mark making. I enjoy working with swimmers because each individual swimmer and pool environment offers something unique and new to explore.
For the past five years the paintings I've been making have focused on elite competitive swimmers and young club swimmers that hope to emulate them. In 2009 I produced a series of paintings in collaboration with Olympic Bronze medallist Joanne Jackson and a group of young club swimmers she teaches. I am currently undertaking a commission to make paintings about Paralympic swimming champion Emma Hollis and Olympic hopeful Roberto Pavoni. The paintings will be on display to the public next year. In the meantime there is an Olympic section on my website featuring some of this work that is regularly updated.
Alongside of my painting practise I often work as a resident artist in schools and the community. Examples of my projects can also be seen on my website.
CV & Education
Qualifications and training
1997 - BA Fine Art, University of the West of England, Bristol
2011 - Open studio, Brockley, London
2009 - Ping pong exhibition of international artists on the theme of water, APT Gallery, London
2010 - Artist talk and tutorials to sixth formers studying art, St Marys School, Cambridge
2011 - Commission to paint elite swimming champion Emma Hollis, Essex County Council, Essex
2010 - Seen Unseen - Unpacking the art of Croydon. Workshops with primary and secondary children, a PRU and people with memory difficulties based on Croydon Museum's Art Collection, Croydon Museum, Croydon
Educational experience - primary
2011 - Mosaic wildlife project with year 3, Dulwich Primary School, London