Painting ‘en plein air’ at Staithes on the Yorkshire Coast. Photograph by Artist and Gallerist Ian Mitchel.

Artist’s Statement

I paint primarily in oils tackling a range of subjects. Although my range of subject is wide, my concern to capture and express a particular light, structure and overall feeling of the subject is always the same.
My work is produced almost exclusively from observation as I find this incredibly satisfying as well as intriguing.  I have a real passion for painting ‘en plein air’ in the tradition of Constable and the Impressionists, creating works directly outdoors in the surrounding fields, my back garden and also further afield. Some of my very first oil paintings at Art college were painted in this genre during a visit to the Yorkshire Coast. I vividly remember sitting in the Sand racing against the setting sun trying to capture the light and a sense of place. The excitement I first felt many years ago on the beach has never left me and still drives me to create from observation today.
Sketchbooks play an important role in my practice. Sometimes I create drawings to explore a composition for a painting, explore new subjects or simply to practice with no end in mind. I think it’s such an important thing to keep on searching and experimenting, my sketchbooks offer me a place to do this, spontaneously and on a variety of scales and formats. I like to think of drawing as being the nervous system in my Artistic process.
I welcome commissions, workshops and also demonstration requests. Please feel free to contact me for further information.

Biography

Born in Rotherham, South Yorkshire 16/10/1985
Church View College, Doncaster, South Yorkshire: Awarded Distinction for National Diploma in Fine Art.
Church View College, Doncaster, South Yorkshire: Awarded Distinction for Foundation in Art and Design.
Canterbury Christ Church University(2005-2008): Awarded 1st Class Degree in Fine Art Painting
Post-Graduate Certificate The Royal Drawing School, London.
 

Awards

Shortlisted for the Haworth Northern Landscape Award, NEAC Mall Galleries 2016.
Shortlisted for the Contemporary Portrait Prize, Biscuit Factory, Newcastle 2016
The Windsor and Newton Award for Oil Painting. Awarded by the Royal Institute of Oil Painters, annual show in 2015.
Richard Ford Award, Prado Residency, Madrid, Spain(2009) Awarded by The Prince’s Drawing School, London (Now the Royal School of drawing).

Major Public Commission

Commissioned by the Yorkshire Main Commemorative Trust, ‘The Edlington Collier’ Unveiled 2012
This is my first major public commission which is now on permanent display at the Yorkshire Main Community Centre in Edlington, Doncaster, South Yorkshire.

Exhibitions

 “Summer” Sidney Cooper Gallery, Canterbury, 2006, 2007
Canterbury Arts Festival, The Marlowe Centre, Kent, 2007
Nevill Gallery High Street Canterbury, 2007
Horsebridge Gallery, Whitstable, 2008
Degree Show, Sidney Cooper Gallery, Canterbury, Kent, 2008
 “Fast Forward” Sidney Cooper Gallery 2009
“The Drawing year” The prince’s drawing School, London, 2009
The Affordable Art Fair, Battersea, London 2009
Ludlow Poetry and Arts Festival, 2009
‘Art for Haiti’, charity exhibition and auction, High Street Canterbury, 2010
The Affordable Art Fair, Battersea, London 2010
Manchester BuyArt Fair 2010
Transport Exhibition, Tickhill, 2011
Doncaster Open Art Exhibition, 2011/ 2012
Ruth Borchard self-portrait competition, Kings Place Gallery, York Road, London, 2013
Solo Exhibition-‘Painting in the park’, Cusworth Hall, Doncaster, 2013
3 Man Show, ‘Chalk Marks’. The Art and Rose Gallery, Pocklington. 2015
Staithes Festival, showing with Staithes Studio Gallery 2015.
Royal Institute of Oil Painters (ROI) Mall Galleries, London 2015
The Brick Lane Gallery, Hornshaw Gallery Launch Exhibition, 2016
NEAC annual show, Mall Galleries, London. Shortlisted for the Haworth Northern Landscape Prize 2016
Contemporary Portrait Award, Biscuit Factory Gallery, Newcastle 2016
2 man show, Staithes studio Gallery, Staithes Yorkshire 2016
The Buxton Spa Prize Exhibition, 2016
Royal Society of Marine Artists (RSMA) Mall Galleries, London 2016
Art For Youth North Yorkshire,  2016
One Man Show, From the woodland to the coast, Staithes Studios Gallery, 2017
 One Man Show, Cusworth Hall Doncaster 2017.

Recent  Preselections

RA Summer exhibition 2014
The Royal Society of Portrait Painters, Mall Galleries, London 2015
The Royal Institute of Oil Painters, Mall Galleries, 2015
The Haworth Prize- Northern Landscape Painter- Mall Galleries, London 2015
The Royal Society of Portrait Painters, Mall Galleries, London 2016
The New English Art Club, Mall Galleries Annual Show, 2016
The Haworth Prize- Northern Landscape Painter- Mall Galleries, London 2016
The Royal Society of Marine Artists Annual Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London, 2016
The Royal Institute of Oil Painters, Mall Galleries, 2016
Royal Society of british Artists, Mall Galleries, 2017
The New English Art Club, Mall Galleries Annual Show, 2017
The Royal Society of Portrait Painters, Mall Galleries, London 2017
The Royal institute of Oil Painters, Mall Galleries, London.