I completed my degree and postgraduate studies at Harrow School of Art & Brighton University in 1992 specialising in Photography.
I was singled out in my final year for special bursary prizes from both Kodak and Agfa.
After graduating I have taught Art, Textiles & Photography and continued to exhibit my work in London, Brighton, Cambridge and Norfolk.
In 1998 I began to freelance full time and started experimenting with painting onto my own large colour photographic prints with oils and sewing onto the surface with a sewing machine in an attempt to develop a unique way of working with photography. It drew immediate attention from magazines and publishers and secured my first print and publishing deals.
I now work with digital media using iphone and ipad tp edit my landscapes but my portraits are entirely constructed in Photoshop. The main focus in my images today is in capturing dreamlike, ethereal beauty and telling stories through my pictures. I would define myself as an illustrator.To have a unique voice in my work is still very important to me. I try to portray a unique kind of beauty that easily makes you curious and crave for more.
For the last few years I have really focused on portraiture, I am constantly exploring identity and beauty and suggesting a story behind the image. My portraits often depict women with an underlying sadness and emptiness, wearing a mask that is fleeting and fades. I am very influenced by painting and contemporary illustration, theatrical fashion and the history of dress. I want my work to provoke an emotional response and for the viewer to be intrigued by the process behind it. I would like to think my art leaves an impression on the viewer that is not easily forgotten.
Landscape is my other real passion, my landscapes are often melancholy and timeless but strikingly beautiful, full of romance, tradition and poetry. I like to make pictures that are full of silence.
I have exhibited , licenced and produced commercial artwork for companies in Europe and the USA. I was selected as one of the winners in the Sotherby's International Young Artists 2001 for a series of experimental painted photographic designs.
The main outlets for my work have been in fine art cards, gift wrap, calendars, posters, limited and open edition prints, book covers and food packaging design for supermarkets.
Clients who have commissioned and published my work include:
Graphique de France, Woodmansterne, Art Angels UK, Conran Octopus, Marshall Editions, Artsmile, Simon Elvin, Wilkinsons, Editions Ltd USA, Unicorn Fine Art, Asda, Ebury Press- Random House UK, Penguin, A Vue d'Oeil , Wendy Lamb books, Elegant Clutter UK, The Science, Art & Writing Trust, Sceptre, Polygon, Pocket, Canvas Pop, Presses de la Cite, John Lewis, Fleuvenoir, W.W.Norton & Co, Xander Roman, Sherwin Williams, T-Mobile, Portland Opera USA, Random House Australia, Simon & Schuster UK, Roman, Klett-Cotta, Tesco
My work is represented for licensing by
Arcangel Images (for editorial work)
Pure Illustration (for advertising, greeting cards, stationary, framed art, home decor and surface design)
and Cleared Ink (for rights managed licensing in film, television & commercial)
I have been teaching Art, Design, Textiles & Photography for over 20 years full and part time with the emphasis on creative learning and always recognising the real creative potential of the individual.
In 2012 I self published my first Art book of my Landscape pictures " A Landscape of Dreams"
LA Mobile Arts Festival 2012
Soho Gallery for Digital Art, New York February 22-28 2013
‘Exposure’ A Mobile Photography Exhibition, CS Gallery, Columbus, Ohio 16 – 26 March 2013
Arthaus, San Francisco, CA April 05- June 30 2013
The Holcim Gallery, Milton, Ontario, Canada June 24- July 13 2013
‘Phone Art’ Alexander Brest Museum, Florida September 2013
Mobile Photo Connect Conference in San Francisco, Terra Gallery and Event Venue October 2013
Obscura Gallery, Melbourne, Australia November 21 – December 28 2013
MIRA Mobile Prize, Porto, Portugal September 2014
Pocket Vistas: A Mobile Photography Exhibition for Landscapes, Nature & Wildlife Images. Ontario, Canada. September 03-28 2014
Self Portraits Mobile Camera Club, Paris June/July 2015
L'Ambassade de Roumanie, Paris 'Ceci N'est Pas Un Selfie' February 2017
Winner of ‘Mobile Artist/Photographer of the Year’ at the Mobile Photography Awards 2012/13
Honourable mentions for Portraits and Still Life in the American Aperture Awards 2013
Shortlisted for IPA Quarterly September 2013
Shortlisted MIRA Mobile Prize 2014
Shortlisted Pocket Vistas 2014