About

 

ARTIST STATEMENT

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.

 

EDUCATION

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.