Portrait painting workshop

close-up of portrait painting

This week I’ve been really fortunate to have spent two days on a New School of Art portrait painting workshop, taught by the amazing Tim Benson. Tim has a distinctive style, painting with thick marks, with brushes fully charged with luscious oil paint, faces often filling the entire canvas. The course very much honed in […]

Exhibit Here – Summer Exhibition

I’m a bit excited! This week I’ll have a piece of work in the Exhibit Here – Summer Exhibition at the Menier Gallery, London. If you’re an art lover and would like to come to the private view on Tuesday night (25th July), click here to go through to their website to rsvp. I hope […]

Strangers on a train

Oil painting of a mother with daughter sitting her lap on a train journey

I don’t know about you but I’m fascinated by people’s faces and people in general. I commute to London a few days a week on the train and now and again will be struck by someone – perhaps it’s the colours they’re wearing, their clothes, their hair, their face – and will want to paint […]

Drawing from life

Years back, after I graduated in Illustration and then found myself a ‘proper’ job (that allowed me to pay steady rent), I realised I had lost something that used to bring me a lot of joy. For as long as I can remember, I’ve always loved drawing, but I found myself in my early twenties with […]

Southern (Rail) Discomfort

  As a part-time commuter on Southern Rail, and particularly cheesed off today with the service, I thought it would be good to count some of the blessings of commuting. Let’s make some lemonade from Southern lemons. Here are some of my commuting delights:  1. Spectacular sunrises over the fields and farms 2. Stunning sunsets […]

Townscape 2016, Oil and cross stitch on linen

Following on from Example‘s Townscape 2014: Contemporary Art Trail in East Grinstead, we have just unveiled Townscape 2016: Reframing Local History, a new exhibition at East Grinstead Museum, running until September 4th. As an Example artist, we all had to choose an artefact to inspire a new body of work for the exhibition. For my project, I chose a cross […]

Spring Clean!

Happy Easter Everyone!! This Easter I’m rolling up my sleeves for a spring clean! My paint brushes have been treated to a lovely new bucket (don’t you just love Easter Egg hunt buckets!!) and I’m making room for lots of fab new artwork in the studio. If you want to grab a bargain in the […]

London Bridge in the rain

‘08.41 London Bridge’, oil on primed postcard Today I’ve been covering a new blank canvas, well, postcard, with another in my series of commuter rain paintings. I’ve been working on the series on and off for a year now – the first piece was submitted to the Twitter Art Exhibition in 2015 in Norway, and […]

I live in England. We get a lot of rain

… and rain makes me happy!! I’ve had great joy painting further into this series of commuter rain paintings. Here are the latest two. The first is inspired by a reference image taken in London, around the St Paul’s area. I love, love, love the colours and patterns in this one. It was so lovely to paint, […]

Rain, rain and more rain (paintings) and a competition!

Art imitating life, what with the incredible downpours we’ve had in the UK lately, I’ve been working on a series of rain paintings, more specifically London-based commuter rain paintings. What all started with one postcard sized painting for the Twitter Art Exhibit 2015, earlier in the year in Norway, has resulted in a collection of rain […]