original WATERCOLOURS & PRINTS

I am a contemporary watercolour artist based in Oxfordshire, specialising in bright, bold watercolours based on botanical and natural subjects. My former training as a Painting Restorer at the Courtauld Institute of Art guides my painting practice with an extensive knowledge of artists materials and techniques, particularly in the art of gilding using 24ct gold leaf which I apply to a number of my paintings and prints.

My work has been exhibited throughout the South East and I am represented by the Cambridge Contemporary Art Gallery. Commissions are welcome.

WATERCOLOUR WORKSHOPS

I am a Botanical Watercolour and Gilding tutor at the Henley-on-Thames School of Art. My next watercolour course has been sadly postponed, but please visit the Henley School of Art website for more information on classes and follow me on Instagram for regular updates.

ART ON A POSTCARD

I am honoured to have been invited to take part in the Art on a Postcard 3rd Annual Summer Auction, raising money for the Hepatitis C Trust.

Previous artists who have taken part are Damien Hirst, Gilbert and George, Peter Blake RA and Grayson Perry RA. I have created 4 original postcard sized watercolours with 24k gold leaf: 'Berry Special', 'Gold Leaf' and 'Nature versus/versus Nurture'. Lots 129 - 132 and can be viewed on the Art on a Postcard website.

 

My blog detailing the making of these works can be read here.

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THE TIMES FEATURE

My original watercolour and gold leaf painting 'Berry Special' was featured in The Times newspaper on June 2 2020.

 

This painting was created for the Art on a Postcard Summer Auction and is amongst 280 works by "exceptional artists whose work stands out as challenging conventions and breaking new ground".

'Berry Special' is Lot 132 in the Art on a Postcard auction and can be viewed here.

ART FOR NHS

Renowned perfumer Ruth Mastenbroek approached me with their idea to create two original watercolours which would feature on their new limited edition candles. 100% of the proceeds from the sales of these candles will go to Our Front Line charity, who give round the clock mental health support to NHS key workers. Two new mood enhancing fragrances based on joy, hope and gratitude have been developed for the candles and they each feature my Rainbow and Sunshine paintings. Please visit their website for more details.

To help raise more funds, I created limited edition cards and prints from these two paintings. I am really happy to say that a fantastic £150 was raised for Our Front Line charity. A huge thank you to everyone who bought something!

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