Born 1989 in Perth, Australia
I a currently divide my time between studios in the Perth hills in Australia and the Peak District in the UK.
At the age of 17 I attained a scholarship to study classical drawing and painting techniques at the Angel Academy of Art in Florence, Italy. I completed my studies in 2009 and moved to London where I established a studio and produced work for exhibitions in Australia and the UK. During my time in London I immersed myself in the vibrant contemporary art scene which helped me to refine my approach to painting both technically and thematically.
In 2013 I moved to a small town in rural England with my partner, two cats and a dog. We work with animal rescues and foster other dogs and cats in need. This change in scenery and lifestyle allowed me to further develop the themes of nature and natural history within my work.
Still life is the primary focus of my work because of the control over composition and attention to detail afforded by this type of painting. I find the relationship between specific objects particularly fascinating, especially when elements that seem incongruous can be made to complement each other in surprising ways. The illusion in my work draws from but progresses beyond the simple visual trickery of traditional trompe l’oeil and becomes conceptual when the relationship between objects alters how we perceive them.
I am an avid reader and my partner is a writer (she is a big influence on each of my paintings as she is hugely knowledgeable and creative), so much of my work is inspired by literature. Some of my paintings are inspired by entire stories, some by passages from books and many of them are interpretations of poetry. The visual nature of poems makes them particularly appropriate for the thematic content of paintings. I am especially fond of the work of T.S. Eliot and many of my paintings are inspired by his writings.
In addition to art and literature I am also very influenced by my surroundings. I live in the countryside and spend much of my time outdoors walking our dog and foster dogs; natural history, archaeology and anthropology play a big role in the development of my themes and aesthetic choices.