Like most artists, my style has changed over the years and continues to develop now. Currently ranging from realistic acrylic portraits to large fluid abstract paintings, my portfolio encompasses art mostly set out to evoke a sense of celebration. The majority of my portraiture focuses on figures in popular culture and I draw inspiration from artists in the media; notably iconic musicians and actors. My more recent abstract work has helped clear out creative blocks by providing a completely seperate process for me to get stuck into.
I was born in South East London, where I studied Art at a small school, but chose not to continue following it further. After gaining a degree in colouring in ( /Geography ) and spending some time working in the Alps, I returned to London for work, where I picked up my passion for painting again. I spent six years working in the hospitality industry - managing bars and event venues - whilst taking on portrait commissions on the side. During the pandemic, I took the leap in becoming a full-time artist and have since focused all my energy into both my art and my other business, Crafternoon. Within the last decade, I've had portraits exhibited in galleries in London, my original paintings shipped all around the globe and was named a Scholar at the Royal Society of Young British Artists.
My portrait paintings often take on an almost photo-realistic feel, without using oils. Many of the techniques I use would be considered contemporary when pinned up against historic fine art and I've grown into playing on this with a liberal use of texture and vibrancy. I tend to lean into the tactile nature of original paintings and love to experiment with new techniques, pushing boundaries and constantly looking for ways to develop and grow as an artist.
In early 2019, I invited a couple of friends over to have a drink with me whilst I painted. I grabbed a couple of canvases for them, stuck some music on and set up a little paint station in the middle. Two hours and a bottle of wine later and I had decided that afternoons spent getting crafty with friends are, in some ways, better than therapy. The seesaw of my priorities started to straighten up, and a balance between my love of people and my passion for painting was on the horizon. I wanted everyone and anyone to experience this digital detox and so, with the help of my experience in the events industry, I created Crafternoon.
Since then, I have hosted painting events all across London for both public, private and corporate groups and have seen hundreds of people, that haven't picked up a paintbrush since school, completely let go of reality for a few hours and create something beautiful!