Born 1968 in London. Moved to Scotland in 1995 and worked in hospitality for 14 years while building up my experience and confidence in painting.
Opened gallery - cafe 'Bon Papillon in Edinburgh's New Town in May 2011 with my partner Stuart Allan.
I have always been drawn to create, to make and to weave stories around it all.
Following a childhood spent obsessing over illuminated projects and craft activities I trained in fine art and photography while working as a freelance illustrator in London.
Since moving to Scotland fifteen years ago my painting has been a learning curve and a journey; an evolving narrative referencing dreams, travels and discoveries with characters created along the way. I work in acrylic on board with mixed media and printed pattern elements; the colours and designs I use evolving in sketch books which are an invaluable part of the process. My starting point is usually figurative, around which the rest of the image develops quite spontaneously; there is often an autobiographical content dependant on recent experiences and heroes.
My Scandinavian lineage draws me to the art of the north and the wilder areas of Scotland; conversely I am also in love with the Far East and the exuberant, florid aesthetic found in abundance there.
Having spent a number of years working in the catering industry in Edinburgh while trying to squeeze my creative work into pockets of spare time, I have recently escaped to focus on my painting.
Foundation at Norwich School of Art,
Photo Arts at Central London Polytechnic
Journalism at Darlington College of Technology