I am an artist based in Hertfordshire specialising in semi abstract painting using acrylic on canvas. Originally from Manchester I gained a degree in visual arts and culture at Salford University in the nineties where I produced a series of large scale paintings. I moved south, living in London for fourteen years working in a number of creative environments as an art teacher and retail interior designer. All the while I have been driven to produce art either through life classes, renting a space within artist run studios or exhibiting my work with fellow artists. I usually work on a series of paintings at any one time looking at a chosen subject. My work starts with many photographs taken at a specific location. I then study them, sketching out ideas and abstracting elements for the basis of a painting. Although subject and composition is the starting point to my work this is just the beginning. I really enjoy the process and get great satisfaction from seeing the different textures and marks that can be produced with a paintbrush or cloth. I relish getting my hands dirty with paint, seeing it drip and land in an expressive way. I have been influenced by many artists over the years but most recently Peter Doig. The subjects that inspire me are when I am out and about looking at landmarks and unusual landscapes, city or country, picking out patterns and shapes in light and structure. I have always had a strong desire to create something unique and express this through my artwork.