U.K born, I spent my early years in Australia, and have lived for extended periods in both countries, as well as in India and the USA. I trained at Central Saint Martins (University of the Arts), London and Claremont School of Art in Perth, Western Australia. I currently live and work in Sydney.
I have been exhibiting since 2001, with over 20 solo and 40 group shows during that time. My work is held in private and corporate collections worldwide.
I was a finalist in the Celeste Art Prize 2006 (U.K); the Salon des Refuses at the S.H Ervin Gallery 2013 and the Paddington Art Prize 2014 in Sydney; and as Sweet+Shore (my ongoing art collaboration with scientist Dr. Jesse Shore) the Adelaide Perry Drawing Prize 2017 in Sydney, the 2017 and 2018 Lethbridge 10000 Small Scale Art Award in Brisbane, and the 2017 Lloyd Rees Art Prize at Colville Gallery in Hobart. In 2018 we were also finalists in the Bay of Fires Art Prize and the Waverley Art Prize, Sydney. For more information on Sweet+Shore please visit us at https://www.sweetandshore.com.
There are several streams to my practice, including miniature landscapes, and abstract works, but my main focus in recent years has been large industrial-themed paintings particularly of oil tankers and bulk carriers.
The source material I'm using - decaying industrial sites, oil rigs, tankers - are in themselves powerful images and seemingly quite brutal and confrontational, especially in this era of climate and environmental crisis. I'm trying to depict the inherent beauty, tragedy and majesty I see in them however: their at times, cathedral-like, exultant qualities and their status as either dying symbols of our age or potentially reworked and reconfigured models for a sustainable future.
There is also a hidden meaning to the tanker paintings, which are named after various gods and goddesses, stars and galaxies. I see them as vessels or carriers of spirit and myth in that they carry a secret story or narrative with them as well as their cargo. They are each one an entity, a living spirit in their own right.
" ...these are, quite simply, profound paintings." Nicholas Usherwood, 2010 Author, Critic and Features Editor, Galleries Magazine U.K