I am a Fine Artist and Art & Design Lecturer based in the South West of England. Having my roots in classicism, I have recently been exploring contemporary takes and methods working with old master paintings. I often work with a traditional approach to oil painting and drawing and have more recently been exploring this combined with experimental film and sound work; mixing film and two dimensional oil painting on canvas, exploring and progressing the possibilities of this fusion. Within a recent piece I have used a work by Caravaggio as my source material, ‘The calling of St. Matthew‘ in the Contarelli Chapel in San Luigi Dei Francesi, Rome. (also see ‘Supper at Emmaus’ piece within portfolio).
Having a great interest in art history and religious painting, I have at times attempted to address issues of faith, prayer, the eternal question of life in the context of death, and iconography within our lives today.
I studied under the late Robert Lenkiewicz 2000-02, was a finalist of ‘Not the Turner Prize’ 2004, and studied Lucian Freud’s techniques in Tate Britain’s basement studios during the period of his retrospective in 2002. I also spent time working closely with my friend, the late painter Anthony Amos. Within my studies in the University of Plymouth, I focused on developing my understanding of how visual language works in our culture whilst experimenting and developing the possibilities of mixed media work. I graduated with a First Class Degree and won the Ben Hartley Fine Art Award 2012 for Outstanding Work .
At present I am lecturing within Plymouth College of Art. I also continue to further my own artistic developments within painting, sculpture and mixed media. I have worked as a self employed freelance artist, with over 12 years of business experience. Within this I specialise mainly in commissioned oil painting, portraiture, mural work which often includes Trompe l’oeil and interior design.
Awarded the Ben Heartley Fine Art Prize for outstanding work
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