Who I am
I’m a curious combo of fine artist, street artist and museum curator, with a BA (Hons) in Fine Art Painting and an MA in Museology (which is the theory and management of museums).
Over the past 13 years, I have developed my artistic practice alongside a career curating, designing and project managing exhibitions around the UK. This dual background means that I bring strong time, contractor and budget management to each commission, combining this with a flair for visual storytelling, a passion for community engagement and expertise in working with various media across different surfaces and environments.
What I do
Alongside continuing to develop my own body of work, largely painting in oil, I also enjoy working on commissions. I particularly relish the opportunity this provides to meet and collaborate with inspiring organisations, community groups and individuals.
I respond to each brief intuitively, taking care to ensure that I have clearly understood the expectations and fully explored any practical opportunities or restrictions of the space. Concepts are developed using primary and secondary sources, and I enjoy experimenting with story, symbolism and pattern to create works of art that are entirely unique each client and their context.
Oil paintings can take between 2 to 6 months to complete, depending on scale, because I tend to work by building translucent layers of oil paints onto the surface and the drying process can be slow. I work more intensively when undertaking murals. Occasionally, I use spray paint and stencils but for the most part, I enjoy working with brushes and acrylic as I find this beings a painterly and semi-transparent effect that works more harmoniously with the surface.
As I also work as exhibitions manager in Britain’s largest lab (find out about the free exhibitions here), I’m particularly careful about the number of commissions I agree to each year. Do get in touch if you have an early idea for a new body of work - whether oil painting, surface pattern design or mural - I’d be delighted to talk through your proposal in more detail.