I am from the UK and have been interested in art since I was a child but started taking lessons in watercolour painting in 1997 firstly in wildlife and then landscapes. I ventured into pastels briefly and then to oils just before relocating to Dubai in December 2004. I then started creating abstract work in oils and began selling these in September 2005 at the ARTE Soukh (www.arte.ae). Having made a sale on my first appearance at the soukh I was encouraged to continue.
Getting more and more busy in 2006 I started working in acrylics to meet the demand and now work in both acrylic and oils. I went full time as an artist and started getting commissions for hotel work as well as from interior designers for apartments and villas.
Taking part in many exhibitions and markets in Dubai, including having a stall at the Marina market and subsequent JBR market for over 3 years, I have also provided paintings for a number of hotels in the Emirate, including the Address Dubai Mall, The Marriott Harbour Dubai and the Four Points Sheraton. In addition my paintings can also be found at a private villa belonging to Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed al Nahyan in Abu Dhabi.
I use a lot of texture in my paintings and have a blog/website with details about how I create my texture and examples of paintings and techniques.
In 2010 I moved back to the UK but also still spend some time in Dubai, in particular spending a month in February to take part in the Jazz Festival which I have now done for 8 years. I also come over for any bulk commission work that may be required.
I am a member of Felixstowe Art Group and exhibit at their gallery in Bent Hill as well as other galleries in Suffolk from time to time and local exhibitions. I also take part in exhibitions around the UK and Europe – you can find details of all of these on the exhibitions page.
In October 2015 I had a studio built in the garden of my house to help me to focus more on my art and in particular to do more experimenting with different techniques.
I keep all of my current activities updated on my facebook page so please have a look there and ‘like’ my page to keep updated. Thanks.