My style of work is generally very meticulous and planned, regardless of the medium I'm using. I explore thru the process of drawing, mentally plotting subjects in 3-dimensions, so naturally I view drawing as a fundamental skill and being able to draw well underpins everything I do.
A painting can take days or weeks to complete, depending on the size and complexity of the piece. The process of creation, for me, is one of continual assessment and reassessment - balancing tones and shapes, building form and colour in layers until I know I have captured the subject in a believable way.
I produce artworks for exhibitions and for general sale, but most of my work consists of specially commissioned pieces: portraits of exceptional and much-loved horses, and people of course. If you would like to talk to me about a possible commission, or you would like to purchase one of the artworks in my gallery please email me - no obligation!
I inherited a precocious artistic talent from my great-grandfather, so by the time I was fourteen and a horse-mad teenager, I was accepting commissions for equestrian studies and selling paintings in local galleries.
I trained in business management and graphic design, learning skills which served me well through a career in commercial art, where I have been involved both in managing companies and in producing artwork. Starting off in advertising I moved into fine-art publishing and gallery management, and then ran a design business in west London. My work has been published in a variety of forms - from biscuit wrappers to limited-edition prints, to magazine and book illustrations - and distributed extensively.
In the early '90s I closed down my business in favour of looking after my children. It wasn't long before I started painting again, and gradually the making of equestrian art together with portraiture of people and animals, has turned into a full-time occupation. Anatomical accuracy and attention to detail are important to me and characterise my style. I always strive to distil the spirit, the essence, of the subjects into my work, and I do this by weaving in the little characteristic things that bring a painting to life: the hair caught by the wind, the slightest nuances of expression that reveal a personality. It's a great privilege to posess the ability to do this - even if only in a small way - and it is something I enjoy immensely.
I exhibit work regularly at high-profile venues and I am a Full Member of both The Society of Equestrian Artists and The Society of Women Artists. I have work in collections all over the world.
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