about my work
Paintings of birds and animals set in jewel colours with gold leaf tell the story of a paradise garden. We mostly live in cities where we might long for an enclosed garden in which to find an hour of sunlit peace. In a time of intense change I aim to celebrate what’s important in this world.
I start with loose sketches in pencil and watercolour which I use to work out the composition. I then transfer the drawing to watercolour paper or gesso panel. I create the painting in many layers of colour, initially with washes and then with more of a dry brush technique, refining the detail and working from light to dark. I like to use white as a colour, but the white in my paintings is actually the original paper or gesso ground. The final part of the process is applying gold leaf around the painting and making drawings and textured pattern in the gold. The whole painting is only brought together at the end, and then it comes to life!
The Royal Watercolour Society Contemporary Watercolour Competition have selected my work for their exhibition at Bankside Gallery for the last four years. In 2017 I was the winner of the Dry Red Press Award.
Please contact me to discuss commissions.
I am always happy to take payments by installments.