Like most artists, my style has changed over the years; ranging from realistic black and white acrylic portraits to large-scale abstract oil paintings, my portfolio encompasses original collections and bespoke commissioned pieces that have catered to briefs, whilst adding my own flair. Most recently I've been focusing on portraits of iconic figures and celebrating all the different art forms that culminate to create memorable and unique characters - be it film, music or art.
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. Since then I've been taking commissions whilst selling original works, and have recently taken the leap to painting full-time whilst running Crafternoon. I've had pieces exhibited in galleries in London and was named a Scholar at the Royal Society of Young British Artists.
I'm a firm believer that painting benefits your mental health and wellbeing, and expressing your creativity is highly undervalued as people grow older. Art, to me, should be accessible to everyone as it's such an important part of culture and society. With no formal training, and not typically fitting into the introverted artist's stereotype, I'm looking to breakdown 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 crafty afternoons were, 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 my experience in the hospitality and 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!