About Me - 2019 Celebrating 27 years
I love to create beautiful animal paintings, where their life and character shines through. I like each one to be an individual and for you to be able to share the connection that I feel for each animal. I usually work in acrylic paint on canvas or board and find deep canvases help give an extra dimension. Occasionally I use coloured pencil or pastel for a softer effect.
Horses are a long term passion, the knowledge and understanding gained through being with them shows in my paintings. I am becoming increasingly well known in East Anglia for my paintings which provide a record of the critically endangered Suffolk Horse (or Suffolk Punch as it is sometimes known) where my work is appreciated by both owners and enthusiasts. I also like to share wonderful diversity of other UK rare breed and native livestock, they are such a joy to paint, especially goats, sheep and cattle. Membership of the Rare Breeds Survival Trust is helping me to understand the need to conserve these often ancient breeds of farm animal.
With keen observational skills, together with an empathy when depicting wildlife, I aim for more than just a portrait, but a very natural glimpse into their life.
Just for a complete change, and a new challenge, I occasionally tackle steam engines and tractors.
With my work I have supported the Suffolk Punch Trust, the Suffolk Horse Society and the Zoological Society of East Anglia for many years. I am pleased to have provided the image for the Suffolk Horse Society Christmas card 2016 and two for the Suffolk Punch Trust 2017. Also on my travelling trade stand, when I take my Suffolk Punch paintings out and about, I reserve a space for Suffolk Horse literature and am always happy to talk about Suffolks.
My work, including cards and prints at most venues, may be seen widely across East Anglia at country and County Shows (art marquees) and also with the Natural World Art Society based at Banham Zoo but also exhibiting further afield and The Bond Street Shop, Hingham, Norfolk.
In 2018 I was most honoured to receive a Bronze Citation for my painting "Bitterns at Minsmere" (see image on Home Page) at The Wildlife Art Society International's Annual Exhibition at Nature In Art.
A portrait is a fantastic way to capture memories of your treasured animal. For a friendly and informal discussion about your requirements please contact me. All I need in order to enable me to paint your commission is a selection of clear copyright free images of your proposed subject. Please see Commissions pages for more details.
Associate Member of the Society of Equestrian Artists