Over the past few of years I have been lucky enough to have worked on numerous exciting commissions and met some fascinating characters in the process; I will be uploading more examples soon. Within each of my paintings, I aim to celebrate and commemorate the life stories of my subjects and this can be achieved through a traditional portrait, a symbolic landscape, a still-life, or a combination of all three. It is the emotional attachment and significance of the source imagery that I find most important in producing a meaningful painting. I am also interested in the idea of creating Heirlooms, something that can be cherished and passed down for generations to come, leaving behind visual stories of the lives and legacies of my subjects.
My passion for portraiture and figurative art came from my early childhood where I grew up around colourful and eccentric family members who would tell me remarkable stories about their lives and experiences. One such early influence was my grandfather ‘Jed Edge’ who was a porter at Smithfield’s meat market and animal handler in his spare time. In 2009 I made a painting of him called ‘The Animal Handler’, which was exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery as part of the prestigious BP Portrait Award.
If you are interested in commissioning me please do get in touch via the contact page. Please click on individual paintings to view in larger scale and to find out the story behind each work.