Like most artists, my style has changed over the years and continues to develop now. Currently ranging from realistic acrylic portraits to large abstract paintings, my portfolio encompasses art mostly set out to evoke a sense of celebration. The majority of my portraiture focuses on iconic figures in popular culture and observes all the different art forms that culminate to create memorable and unique moments. My more recent abstract work has helped clear out any creative blocks I come across and provides 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 didn't continue following it academically. After going to University 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 loved focusing 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.
I'm a firm believer that painting massively benefits your mental health, and that expressing your creativity, sadly, becomes highly undervalued as people reach adulthood. Art, to me, should be accessible to everyone as it's not only an important part of culture and society but is so important for our wellbeing. With no formal training, I'm looking to break down the barriers and remove the stigma often associated with appreciating Art.
In early 2019, I invited a couple of friends over to drink with me while I painted. I grabbed a couple of spare canvases for them both, stuck some music on and set up a little paint station in the middle. Two hours and a bottle of wine was all it took for me to decide 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 various painting events across London for both public, private and more recently virtual 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!