I am from the UK but have spent a life time travelling, living in many different countries around the world –France, China, Hong Kong, Uzbekistan, Cambodia, Guinea, Russia and Nepal.
I trained at Brighton University in the UK and at the Surikov Art Academy in Moscow, Russia. I have therefore straddled two art-school extremes - the importance and development of individual expression and the importance and development of technique. It was quite surprising how both sides were equally intolerant of the other, but I feel very glad to have benefitted from both. I strongly believe that expression is limited without the development of technique, and conversely technique alone is empty.
I have exhibited and sold widely, and painted most of my life, but it is only for the last two years that I have been able to paint full time where I am based in Kathmandu, Nepal. You can see many more examples of my work on the following website: http://www.artwanted.com/artist.cfm?artid=43867 I also run a full time studio, teaching art students and running Art Workshops for international artists to come and experience Nepal. You can see my website www.internationalartworkshops.com). I contribute to and participate in a thriving art community here and regularly exhibit and sell my work.
My work is mainly figurative, with a strong abstract element. My inspiration is the natural world, the nature of being human, and life as a force that is interconnected with everything. I explore different approaches and techniques - I think it is a mistake for artists to restrict themselves to a certain style in their search for an artistic identity – a real identity expresses itself anyway and doesn’t need to be trapped.