About

 

Perhaps my work would be best described as expressive realism. It is important to me to have an element of reality in what I do, but not be enslaved by painting every detail of what I see.  My emerging style is underpinned by over 25 years of observational drawing experience, fused with a playful approach using energetic marks, a unified palette and strong compositions.

Nature is a strong influence in my work.  In fact it was paintings of wildlife that gained me recognition in America and this genre still has an important place within my practice.

In 2008 I became a signature member of Artists for Conservation in Vancouver and have exhibited widely with them and other organisations  across the United States and UK.   In my first American exhibition, my painting, ‘On the Edge’ (below)  was selected from 500 artists to be featured on the front cover of their annual show book. The painting was then purchased by a well known collector and became part of a large collection featuring some of the world’s top wildlife artists. 

On the Edge, Oil on linen, 26″ x 22″            Private collection, New York

My portfolio of paintings also include still life, figure drawing and landscape. However I want my future paintings to be rooted in story telling. Through them, I want to ask questions of identity, journey, connection, and hope. You can read more about this journey in my blog post.

Originally from N.Ireland, I now reside in the East Midlands, England. I am a full-time painter with tutoring and arts facilitator experience.

Group Shows

2020 Artists for Conservation, Vancouver (Virtual Exhibit) https://gallery.artistsforconservation.org/virtual-exhibit/12053/home

2019 Society of Wildlife Artists, Mall Galleries, London

2018 Society of Wildlife Artists, Mall Galleries, London

2017 Artists for Conservation, Marine Exhibition Tour, Florida &                    China

2017 Artists and Illustrators Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London

2009 Society of Animal Artists, Rolling Hills Wildlife Adventure,                      Kansas, Dunnegan Gallery of Art, MO, Ward Museum of                          Wildfowl, MD

2008 Birds in Art, Leigh Yawkey Musuem, Wisconsin

2008  Society of Animal Artists, The Neville Museum, Green Bay,                  Wisconsin

2008  Artists for Conservation, The Art of Conservation, Hiram                      Blauvelt Museum, New Jersey, USA

2007 The Wildlife Experience, Parker, Denver, CO

2002 Four portraits, Ulster Museum Collection

Solo Exhibitions

2012 Solo exhibition, WWT Art gallery, N.Ireland

2010 Solo exhibition, WWT Art Gallery, N.Ireland

2000 N.Ireland Television personalities,  sporting legends,                                business leaders and politicians

Awards/Special achievements

2018 John Busby Bursary Award, Society Wildlife Artists

2015 Featured artist in N.Ireland television production

2013 Invited artist,Artists for Conservation Scuba Dive Pilot                          Expedition, Cayman Islands

2011 Featured artist in BBC Wild Week Live Television production:             Live broadcast art demonstration

2011 Master Artists Seminar with Robert Bateman, Cortes Island,                Vancouver Island

2008 Image selected to be the design of the cover of Artists for                     Conservation Exhibition show book

2008 Featured artist in RTE Nationwide Television production,                        Ireland