My exhibition will show work from the intimacy of the human figure through to the grandeur of dramatic skies and trees.
I paint joyful and dramatic skies and trees – from a tree we walk past daily or a beautiful sunset glimpsed from a window. To evoke a sense of the season and the atmosphere I felt at the time, I use a lot of colour and texture, filling my paintings with organic, textured shapes that are flowing and expressive. There is a strong sense of light in all my work. I use many colours, but you will often see sapphire blues, turquoises, soft purples and fiery pinks in my work. I work in oils, acrylics and pastels.
I also paint portraits of people and figures from life. People have fascinated me for as long as I can remember. How we stand, the curve of a cheekbone, the way the hair falls. All these things come together to give us a sense of a person. My portraits are colourful and contemporary, aiming to portray a glimpsed moment that captures the person. I use oils or chalk pastels to create my portraits. I have also spent many years life-drawing. Using acrylics, I have applied my love of bright colour to these life-drawings, bringing another layer of emotion. The results are colourful and contemporary paintings.
I grew up in Manchester and have been living in Oxfordshire for the past 12 years. While growing up, I watched my mother enjoy painting in her spare time - I have found that art brings me the same joy. We also made annual trips to India to visit family during my childhood (and beyond). I developed my love of colour and texture from observing the striking colours found in the most unexpected of places and the natural textures in architecture and fabrics. I enjoy the freedom and creativity of painting as a contrast to my day job as an academic and it gives me a space to express the observations I make about our environments and us as humans.
I hope you enjoy my exhibition!