About me and my work
My passion for painting and drawing began at an early age. I was born in Shrewsbury, England and eventually studied at the Shrewsbury School of Art, before moving to the Netherlands. There I continued my artistic education, studying with several Dutch artists and at the Koninklijke Academie van Beeldende Kunsten (the Royal Academy of Art), in The Hague.
In 1997 I was invited to study icon painting with the Russian artist Nikolai Mukhin, famous for his frescoes in the newly reconstructed Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Moscow. Icon painting has been a completely different experience, requiring as it does spiritual preparation as well as technical skill. Due to the length of time required to create an icon, I usually work on a commission basis.
As well as those in private collections, my icons have found homes in churches in the Netherlands, Brazil and the USA.
My secular subjects are eclectic, ranging from portraiture, for which I have obtained several commissions, to nude studies, still life and landscape. In recent years, the challenging effects obtained using applied texture have been absorbing my interest. I have had five successful solo exhibitions in the Netherlands and have found buyers for my work in the USA, Ireland, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.
Now based in Northumberland, I am inspired by both the landscape and the long spiritual history and tradition of the region.