British born I completed my art education in 2008 having obtained a bachelors degree in Fine Art (University of Reading) and a Masters in Painting (Wimbledon College of Art) the UK. I moved to live in California in 2011 and have loved it here ever since. My practice as an artist is driven by a need to always improve my technique as well as the positive conveying of my ideas within my work. I enjoy the exploration of the technical skill that can be achieved through the medium of oil paint and the sharing of cultural psychological ideas that inform the way we live. I love following other figurative artists who are inspired by techniques and compositions from historical art but are adapting them for the modern world. I enjoying sharing their dreams of becoming a reviver of the old master technique, adapting it to new ways of looking and seeing our contemporary world.
Much of my work features self- portraiture, using myself to explore the feminine fears and desires away from the male gaze. My work hopes to embody a sense of escapism from traditional feminine duties and restrictions. These compositions reference and are influenced by old master works, particularly from the renaissance in which women were often relegated to objects of scenery or inserted simply as a way to forward narrative content.
I also have a driving interest in how the oil paint is applied to the surface of a work to create a highly realistic and classical look. Recently I have been exploring the grisaille technique in combination with glazing and blending to create a soft, glowing look to my subject matter. Although this means that the creation of a painting is significantly slower, I have come to appreciate the meditative nature of completing each layer to the best of my ability before moving on.
My paintings can often be highly theatrical, deriving inspiration from the allegorical classical myth and religious paintings that are so pervasive in European art history.