“Just like any other young artist I had a pencil and paintbrush never far from my side. I was looking at the world around me and then aiming to recreate it in my own individual way. I was however very different from other artists, because I was obsessed by detail.
I can clearly remember drawing and painting objects and trying to render them as realistically as possible. I realised that a humble object like a piece of fruit had the potential to amaze, if only we would notice. I think this is why the still life genre resonates with me, because it openly celebrates the dance of light between two objects, or the warm subtle hues of a piece of fruit as a thing of real beauty. There is no need to explain or justify, we can just enjoy it for what it is!
I admire the old master still lifes, but believe it is important as a contemporary artist not to be bound by tradition. I would describe my still lifes as a modern interpretation of the genre. My still life paintings have a traditional underlying structure, but have the vibrancy, colours and subjects of more contemporary work. My still lifes are the culmination of all my artistic knowledge refined into a single painting.
A favourite subject of mine to paint is indulgent looking food. These mouth watering subjects can even produce a physical response to my work. I love the fact that a still life painting can make a viewer salivate, or even question what they are seeing. I try to paint my still lifes as near to life size as possible, to enhance the illusion of being able to pluck something straight out of the painting.
Whether I am painting rustic or slightly more classical compositions, I always try to create a painting that is beautiful to view. My paintings are designed to be enjoyed from a distance, but also from up close just like a miniature painting. I use this method to slowly draw the viewer in until their nose is practically touching the painting. It is incredibly challenging to paint a picture that can stand up to such close scrutiny, but I find it so rewarding seeing people react to my still lifes.”
Education & Career
A levels in graphic design, photography and fine art
Art foundation course
BA Hons in Scientific and Natural History Illustration at Lancaster University.
RealtimeUK – (CGI studio and advertising company asked me to join them as an artist, designer and 3D sculptor).
Solo Exhibition at London’s Catto Gallery (2020)
Doddiscombsleigh Art Show (2019)
Solo Exhibition at London’s Catto Gallery (2018)
Solo Exhibition at London’s Catto Gallery (2016)
Doddiscombsleigh Art Show (2015)
Solo Exhibition at London’s Catto Gallery (2014)
Doddiscombsleigh Art Show (2013)
Doddiscombsleigh Art Show (2011)
Solo Exhibition at The Bracken Gallery (2010)
A Celebration of Art (2010)
Doddiscombsleigh Art Show (2009)
Solo Show at The Bracken Gallery (2008)
A Celebration of Art (2008)