I studied Illustration at the University of Westminster and this is where I first developed my style. As part of our second year project we went on a trip to Venice. On our return I found that I couldn't evoke the texture and detail of the city's crumbling buildings with simple lines and flat colour, I started to tear paper, print paint from corrugated cardboard, add fabric and use a mixture of art materials.
This style continued throughout my degree with a series of large scale paintings based on the run-down East London streets (before it all got 'hipster'). For my final year project I decided to travel the country searching out dilapidated buildings in seaside towns, literally from Brighton to New Brighton. I particularly loved the hand-painted signage and typography that you find on fairgrounds, fortune-teller booth's and rock shops.
I loved painting and sold many of my degree pieces but life took over and I focussed on a career in Visual Merchandising instead, creating window displays and in-store mannequin installations for such illustrious companies as Harvey Nichols, Selfridges and the Arcadia Group.
Then in 2014 I decided to return to my artwork, inspired by a move to Brighton (and in having my life balance altered by the arrival of my children).
I took my camera out and started photographing the seafront, the arches, the pier, the chip shops, the ice-cream parlours...
Nov 2014 - Nov 2015 Studio 45 Gallery, Brighton
May 2015 The Claremont for Brighton Artist's Open House
Dec 2015 The Claremont for Christmas Open House
Feb 2016 io Gallery, Brighton
Mar 2016 Dynamite Gallery, Brighton
May 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 Brighton Artist's Open Houses - The Coal Hole
Nov 2018 Roy’s People Art Fair