About Me

My encounter with a captive cheetah in South Africa

About Me

I am a professional wildlife artist, pet portrait artist, printmaker and silver jewellery maker living and working in the beautiful West Sussex countryside, not too far from where I was born.

Being an artist gives me my identity and my purpose in life.

After leaving school  I worked for a while in various office based jobs following a serious road accident but I returned to full time education at the age of 28 studying art at Suffolk College of Art in Ipswich and Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge, eventually gaining my B.A.Hons degree. I specialised in printmaking and Illustration, producing my hand made limited edition prints which I sold in galleries and working on illustration commissions.

Over time my medium choice and subject matter changed so that I was painting more and more animals, both domestic and wild, mostly in pastels and mostly to commission. The natural world and it’s creatures are my abiding passion so it was inevitable that I would go in this direction.

I returned to a form of printmaking with drypoint which I also teach occasionally. This means drawing directly on to the plate and inking up so that there are no harmful chemicals involved.

A few years ago I took some classes working with silver, something I had always had an interest in, and now have a range of hand produced silver jewellery inspired by nature.

I am always learning and always observing the birds and animals around me and the wonderful countryside they live in and trying, in my small way, to depict them as I see them.

Please browse through my pages to see samples of my artwork and feel free to contact me with any enquiries or commission ideas.

 

I am a member of Chichester Art Society and The Association of Sussex Artists. I regularly exhibit with the Artworks Studio and  Southern Nature in Art. I have also been accepted twice for the David Shepherd Artist of the Year online gallery, including this year 2019. Voted visitors favourite at The CAS Exhibition at The Oxmarket Gallery. Won best portrait award with Cretacolour 2005 and runner up in Faber Castells pastel pencil competition. Awarded best stand at the Chichester Arts in Action event 2016.