I have always painted and drawn but since completing a Fine Art Painting Degree at Cheltenham in 2001 it has become a full time profession. Exhibiting at the Cheltenham Open (now the Jerwood) Drawing Show in 2000 launched my professional career with both my drawings being purchased by private collectors.
My studio, part of a converted mill in the Cotswold Valleys, is three miles from home, a long way from my roots in the Far East. In a life well travelled the inspiration for my work comes from a myriad of sources but the overwhelming influences has been to my use of bright colour, strong imagery and my love of drawing with sculptural line.
The underwater paintings tempt the viewer to dive into the space; looking at water, being in water creates sensations, encourages thought and awakens personal memories.
I prefer to work in series of paintings, pursuing new themes alongside the old, using oils, acrylics, inks, gesso, drawing, printing, painting as the images evolve.
Current work includes a new series of Tour de France paintings with the speed and colour of the cyclists; the exploration of more water paintings concentrating on diving and the distortion caused by water.