I trained at The Byam Shaw, Norwich School of Art and Froebel College, Roehampton Institute, attaining a First Class Degree in Fine Art and Art in The Community. I travelled extensively in Asia and Australia, resulting in successful exhibitions of my paintings both here and abroad using local materials such as handmade paper from Nepal, chalks from India, and ochres from Northern Australia.
An interest in the origins of art have lead to research trips to the Caves of Lascaux in France, and Rock Art in Australia and Borneo which have all influenced my own work. Having volunteered with ‘Crisis at Christmas’ for several years, I initiated a project to create a sculpture for central London made by and for homeless people. I have also worked in the Art department at The Royal Hospital for Neuro-Disabilty with severely handicapped people.
In 2000, I spent nearly eighteen months at a retreat centre in the Scottish Borders. Chisholme Institute is the home of Beshara which focuses on the esoteric teachings of great scholars and philosophers such as the C12th Andalusian Muhyiddin Ibn Arabi, the Persian poet Jalaluddin Rumi from the same period, as well as their German contemporary, Meister Eckhart and the Chinese philosopher, Lao Tsu. Giving up my life and work in London, I embarked on extended courses over a two year period that have revealed a greater meaning and intention in my paintings.
As an artist, a desire to achieve economy of line has led to a 12,000 ft. sky dive during which I did a series of sketches of the Great Barrier Reef and rainforest over Queensland with watercolour pencils strapped to my fingers.
I have exhibited my work widely including mixed shows at The Mall Galleries, Ben Uri Gallery, 2003 Glasgow Art Fair, Royal College of Art and a Solo exhibition at The Montpelier Studio, London.