I was born and raised in West London, where my artistic talents were nurtured and encouraged by my school teachers. When I was fifteen, my family and I moved to Western Australia, where the new environment further developed my passion for colour and light. After four years, we returned to London and I finished university and started a family. To make a living, I worked in the car rental industry and art became an enjoyable distraction from the stresses of working life.
Several years ago, I was suddenly taken ill with encephalitis - an inflammation of the brain - which left me unable to breathe on my own and with very little coordination. With time, I slowly relearned how to do essential things, such as breathing, talking, eating and writing. Walking is still an ongoing project. As a result, my need to create art has been a soothing balm to reality as well as a way to improve my dexterity.
We now live in North Devon, which offers plenty of inspiration with its spectacular skies and coastal waters. Oil paint is the medium I love most. I enjoy the slow drying time of oil paints, as it gives me more time to experiment with different textures. To create depth and luminosity, I often use metal leaf and layered glazes of oil paint. These techniques make my paintings interesting up close as well as from a distance, although this can be hard to replicate in photographs.
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