Like all artists, my style changes over time and continues to develop now. Though predominantly categorised as a portrait painter working in acrylics, my recent portfolio is vast and varied in subject, medium and surface, demonstrating a particularly transformative stage in my career.
I like to squeeze the most out of my time and try to maintain a vibrant and care-free attitude to life. In some ways, my artwork mirrors this with a consistent theme of celebration weaving through. Above all else, I want my work to inspire and spark joy.
I was born and raised in South East London, where I studied Art up until age 18. After gaining a degree in Geography and then spending some time working in the Alps, I returned to London for work, where I picked up my passion for painting again. I spent several years working in the hospitality and events industry whilst painting portrait commissions in my spare time. During the pandemic, I took a forced leap in becoming a full-time artist and have since focused all my energy into both my art and my other business, Crafternoon.
I started painting murals in 2022 and shortly after my second big project, I was tasked with combining the large scale wall paintings with portraiture, a niche that's seemingly welcomed by elite athletes. When I'm not painting footballer's gyms, hosting painting workshops across London or working my way through portrait commissions in my studio, I'm probably either walking my dog, rock climbing, skiing in the alps or sat in a pub with friends. I have an eclectic set of interests and love to learn, which seems to reflect in my fast-paced, varied art career so far.
I founded Crafternoon at the start of 2019 after hosting a little paint party for a few friends in the kitchen of my shared house. The events seemed to straighten out the seesaw of my priorities, and gave a balance between my love of people and my passion for painting. I was working full-time in the events industry at the time, as well as painting portrait commissions throughout the year. Nevertheless, dedicating my remaining free time to this new venture was a no brainer and didn't feel like an ounce of a sacrafice.
In the last few years, I've hosted painting events in some amazing locations across the UK and abroad, and have consistently seen first hand the benefits that come with completely letting go of reality for a few hours, with a paintbrush in hand. Adapting the busines during the pandemic with virtual classes broadened our horizons beyond the London community and forced me to constantly think a step ahead. Hosting the workshops now gives me the social outlet I need after taking my art full-time and is still one of the most rewarding parts of my life.