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 made the decision to dedicate more of my time and energy to my painting, 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
April 2022: Judges Award, ‘The Fitties Beach’, Grimsby Heritage Centre·
May 2022: Lincoln Starring printed my painting onto material which was used for costuming ‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame’