I am a figurative and portrait painter and I make commissions as well as personal studies. I received a First Class Honours in Fine Art from Birmingham City University and more recently I completed a portrait painting diploma at Heatherley’s School of Fine art. I have previously exhibited at the Royal Society of Portrait Painters and the New English Art Club and in November I will be exhibiting in the Scottish Portrait Awards.
My work explores different ways to compose reality on a flat surface and it is bound by the tone and colour that reality presents me with. I try to capture both the external and internal matter of my subject, but I do not believe in a hierarchy of importance and so the space which surrounds the figure is equally as important as the figure itself. When painting a portrait, I try to see beyond my own perceptions and confront the figure as if seeing for the first time. My goal is simply to paint what light truly reveals.
Sep 2016 – Jun 2018 Portrait Diploma, Heatherley’s School of Fine Art
I was awarded a full bursary to enrol on the diploma and pursue my ambition to become a portrait painter. I have greatly heightened my awareness of colour, line and tone.
2010 – 2013 1st Class Honours Fine Art, Birmingham City University
- I investigated contemporary portrayals of the figure in painting.
- Dissertation – I considered pluralistic artistic practices and the future of painting.
- Erasmus Scholarship – I studied at the Rome University of Fine Arts and worked first-hand from the city’s collection.