The Artist

studied Literature and Fine Art in London, graduating in 1980, but found myself pursuing a number of other career lines on leaving university, including two of my own businesses, teaching, event management and most recently, business networking for Winchester University. Moving from Hampshire to Oxfordshire in 2013 to start a new page in my own story, I made the bold decision to settle full-time into my two first loves – writing and art.

As an author, my work – psychological thriller and literary fiction – centres around my love of people-watching and the observation of how action creates reaction, absorbing and reflecting the ambiance of the world and situation in which those reactions occur. We really are what we make ourselves become!

In art, however, I am inspired by what has already become: the richness of the landscape all around us as it grows and declines through the seasons, the sensuality that is all around us in the sounds, sensations and sights that we daily experience yet often fail to notice, and in the beauty of colour and light that transforms both us and the simplest scene that we see. My paintings seek to reflect the richness, luminosity and drama of what we so often take for granted, from the humblest tree to the stormiest sea or sky and are of the places I have been, locally in Oxfordshire, and across the world wherever I have recently travelled.


Adult's Artweeks Oil Painting Workshops


Wed 8th May,  2.30-4pm




Sat 11th May,  2.30-4pm


Held within the SJE Arts Cloister Gallery Gardensbooking essential.


Please click HERE to be taken to the information and booking page. 


Below you can see my recent oil paintings. I also paint in watercolour from time to time. I do accept commissions so drop me a line if something appeals, or there's  something in particular you'd like to see on your wall. I price individually, depending on whether a painting is framed or not. 


My up and coming exhibitions can also be found on the Diary page, but in 2019 they are:


2nd Feb - 24th February 2019 West Ox Gallery, Market Square, Bampton, OX18 2JH 


27th Feb - 16th April 2019: The Jam Factory, 4 Hollybush Row, Oxford, OX1 1HU


8th March - 11th May 2019: The Old Fire Station, 40 George Street, Oxford, OX1 2AQ


4th May - 12th May 2019: SJE Cloister Gallery, 109A Iffley Road, Oxford, OX4 1EH


4th - 25th May 2019: KFL Gallery, Spice Lounge, 193 Banbury Road, Oxford, OX2 7AR 


11th - 19th May 2019: Village Art, Appleton Village Hall, Abingdon, OX13 5JS


11th - 19th May 2019: Cornerstones, 25 Station Road, Didcot, OX11 7NE


12th Oct to 9th November 2019: West Ox Gallery, Market Square, Bampton, OX18 2JH 


14th Oct to 2nd November 2019 Vale and Downland Museum, Wantage, OX12 8BL


26th Nov to 9th December 2019 Cornerstones Arts Centre, Didcot 




All paintings are for sale. Please email me on and add 'Artwork' as the email subject for prices.  I am happy to accept commissions this way too. 


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Some of my awards and memberships

B.R.A.G. Medallion honoree

Readers Choice Award

Awesome Indie Awardee

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