From an early age, I was greatly encouraged in my love of drawing and painting, especially my passion for portraiture. However, I didn’t initially pursue a career in art, but used my artistic talents instead to study theatrical make-up and beauty therapy at The London College of Fashion.
After a successful career as a beauty therapist and makeup artist, I found that I had more time for art and returned to my first love of portraiture, predominately painting animal commissions.
With a strong desire to further my own art skills and a growing interest in the techniques of the masters, I went on to study for an art degree at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge, where I gained a BA (Hons) in Art History and Fine Art.
I am mainly a figurative artist and the inspiration for my artwork can come from many different stimuli, such as the character and expression in a face, or the powerful line and shape of a human figure, and it would be difficult not to be inspired by the dramatic landscapes and coastal scenery in my native New Zealand. My paintings emphasise tonal contrast, light and luminosity to create a believable sense of form and space.
Although I have worked with a wide range of media and explored a variety of techniques, I prefer to work in pastel, which I love for its vibrancy of colour, the variety of colour strengths and the tones that I can achieve in my detailed artwork.