I am a fine artist who specialises in oil painting and am based in Bristol, UK.
My art is an exploration and journey of discovery. My aim is to find a greater sense of self, vision and spirit through the process of making art. I find authenticity and enjoyment in the many forms, styles and approaches that painting offers.
My paintings explore the extent and limitations of our efforts to contemplate our own experiences and the experiences of the people around us. Where’s the line between internal and external, cerebral and material, real and imagined?
The intention of my work is to celebrate mental health difficulties and differences bringing these aspects of experience into a broader human condition. Through creative expression, I believe these struggles can be transcended and resolved, becoming life affirming and a source of strength for myself and others whose vision resonates with my own .
I believe that this journey is for everyone. I want the value of art to be seen and felt by all.
After studying at Chelsea (UAL) my first solo exhibition, ‘There is Good in Us’, was held at the Bethlem Gallery in 2012 challenging the negative portrayal of people with mental illness in the media. A number of solo exhibitions in London and the Southwest have followed, but I retain close links with the Bethlem Gallery since a referral for mental health difficulties during my studies. My interest in mental health led to exposure as a featured cover artist for the British Journal of Psychiatry and 12 Lancet Psychiatry covers throughout 2015 writing essays for them and commenting on clinical trials surrounding art and its health benefits. My work appears in the Wellcome Collection, Bethlem Museum of the Mind and Bristol Museum amongst other public and private collections. In 2017 arts organisation OutsideIn and Arts Health South West, put on a radical new show called Alternative Visions. My painting ‘Pink Rain and Pain’ featured, and was the lead image for the exhibition. Alternative Visions toured the South West showing at the Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, Falmouth Art Gallery, The Wilson in Cheltenham and Poole Museum. In 2020 I was the cover artist of Creatively Minded, a report commissioned by The Baring Foundation on participatory arts and mental health activity across the U.K. More recently I have been awarded a DYCP grant from the Arts Council England to paint landscapes along the South West Coastal Path, inspired by the book The Salt Path by Raynor Winn. This is to improve my observational skills as a painter, looking to nature for inspiration and well-being.