For the past 30 years I have worked in the Theatre industry as a Director and Choreographer with experience in costume, set and lighting design. Alongside this creative career, my passion has also been art, drawing and painting.
Five years ago, I began to paint seriously, combining my artistic skills to consider light, texture, layering and colour in my artwork, working mainly with a palette knife and acrylic paint on stretched canvas.
The subject and theme to my artwork to date has focused on my surroundings, my environment, in particular Lincolnshire. More recently I have started to enhance my paintings with figures, to convey life, movement and action.
I am represented by Spencer Coleman Gallery, based in Lincoln.
I have exhibited in Lincoln Cathedral, Patching’s Art Centre, Sam Scorer Gallery and at the Marshchapel Art Exhibition. My work can also be found online at the Hansford & Sons Fine Art Emerging Artist Platform.
Over the past year my work has developed significantly including bespoke commissions for a variety of clients. Recent notable achievements include: ·
March 2020: during the UK’s first lockdown, Lincoln’s iconic cathedral lit up blue to salute the NHS. I was inspired by this and painted the scene, donating it to Lincoln County Hospital. The painting is now hanging in the main entrance.
June 2020: My painting ‘The Glory Hole’ was awarded ‘Highly Commended’ in the TALP Open 2020.
August 2020: I was one of 18 finalists out of 7000 entries in an online ‘Wraptious Art’ competition.
August 2020: I won the Britain Lockdown Drawing Challenge prize with The Artist & Illustrator Magazine with my painting ‘The Strait’.
October 2020: Spencer Coleman Gallery commissioned me to paint a scene of Lincoln featuring the Red Arrows. I completed this, plus 10 x limited edition prints signed by the Red Arrows team.
April 2021: I was awarded £10,000 from Arts Council England, Develop Your Creative Practice Fund
June 2021: Became a member of the Lincolnshire Artist Society