I have been very lucky to have spent most of my working life in a creative environment. After studying illustration in London I worked as an illustrator before moving into graphic design where I ran my own design company DW Design for many years. I then trained to be an art teacher and worked for several colleges and establishments, receiving an outstanding from Ofsted. In 2017 I graduated from Canterbury Christ Church University with a First Degree in painting and printmaking. At present I am developing my artist practice and teach observational drawing and painting to small groups.
My Journey into painting and printmaking
A few years ago I moved to the Isle of Thanet and was inspired to paint Thanet's beautiful land and seascapes. For the next two years whilst at university I studied observational colour harmonies in the life studio working with a variety of models.
In my final year my work naturally developed towards a reductive practice which was concerned with the exploration of contrast in colour, in the
context of Itten and Albers. I adopted the vehicle of the square motif in a gridded setting, selecting a small range of colours/tones to explore soft and bold contrasts.
My latest work is inspired by the colour in the natural environment around me.