I am a very driven individual, I want to be really good at whatever I turn my hand to and I want success. I’m not happy to just settle with my work, I want to keep pushing my ideas, keep experimenting and find new ways to do things and I’ve always been like this. I think when I was younger I was less confident in my creative abilities whereas now I believe I can tackle anything. I have no creative fears.
I completed my degree and postgraduate studies at Harrow School of Art & Brighton University in 1992 specialising in Photography.I was singled out in my final year for special bursary prizes from both Kodak and Agfa.
In 1998 I began to freelance full time and started experimenting with painting onto my own large colour photographic prints with oils and sewing onto the surface with a sewing machine in an attempt to develop a unique way of working with photography. It drew immediate attention from magazines and publishers and secured my first print and publishing deals. I now work with digital media using iphone and ipad sometimes recently in combination with Photoshop. The main focus in my images today is still in making photographic images look like paintings and in capturing dreamlike, ethereal beauty. To have a unique voice in my work is still very important to me. I try to portray a unique kind of beauty that easily makes you curious and crave for more.
For the last two years I have really focused on portraiture, I am constantly exploring identity and beauty and suggesting a story behind the image. My portraits often depict women with an underlying sadness and emptiness, wearing a mask that is fleeting and fades. I am very influenced by painting and contemporary illustration, fashion and the history of dress. I want my work to provoke an emotional response and for the viewer to be intrigued by the process behind it. I would like to think my art leaves an impression on the viewer that is not easily forgotten.
I have exhibited , licenced and produced commercial artwork for companies in Europe and the USA. I was selected as one of the winners in the Sotherby’s International Young Artists 2001 for a series of experimental painted photographic designs and was Mobile Artist/ Photographer of the Year at the Mobile Photography Awards in 2012/13.