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About me

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My art is inspired by authentic beauty at any age, with gesture and movement.


I seek to celebrate and give visibility to women, comfortable in their own skin, vibrant, blossoming at every age (16y-80y+) because beauty is not defined by youth or perfection.


Gesture and movement is important in my art for a living and breathing feel and because body language tells us a lot about who a person is. 

Signature style

I work mainly in oils, with acrylic and pen, on linen, canvas and board.


My signature style starts with pen line and flat acrylic colour.  Distilling gesture and movement to simple line and flat colour means there is an absence of information overload (such as detail in clothing).


This reduced visual language is balanced with expressive and rich paint-work in oils that brings the people I paint to life. Working energetically with a warm, bright palette of colours, I search out rhythms and contours that will express a sense of their form and beauty and personality.


In portraits I like to capture a luminous yet tender likeness in the people I paint. My figures emerge with a pleasing sense of immediacy. The women in my paintings feel confident and relaxed. They take up space in an interesting and elegant way.


I am a largely self-taught artist. I started painting portrait commissions in 2019 and have worked as a professional full-time artist since 2021, focusing on creating portrait and figure paintings and prints. 



2023, East Kent Artists Open House, Kent



2023-2024, Tap House, Kent

2023 – 2024, Linden Hall Studio, Kent

2023, Turner Rowe Art Centre & Gallery, Kent

2022 - 2023, Linden Hall Studio, Deal, Kent

2022, Turner Rowe Art Centre & Gallery, Kent

2022, Tap House, Kent
2022, Wooden Box Gallery, Kent
2021 - 2022, Turner Contemporary, Kent

2021, Tap House, Kent

2021, Portraits for NHS Heroes (online)

2020, South East Kent Artist Open Studios, Kent



2019 - present, UK Private Commissions


2023, Sky Arts TV Portrait Artist of the Year, contestant

2023, Longlist, Jackson’s Art Painting Prize

2023, Longlist, Women in Art Emerging Women Painter and Photographer Prize

2022, Shortlist, Supporting All Artists (SAA) Artist of the Year

2022, Longlist, Holly Bush Emerging Woman Painters Prize

2022, Longlist, Royal Society of Portrait Painters Annual Exhibition


I love collaborating with others who share my positive values and creative interest. Whether that means authentic & ageless beauty, wellness or self-expression (though movement, creativity, fashion or interiors). Please fill in the contact form, I'd love to hear from you to see if we are a good fit.

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