Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Monday, 13 October 2014

Paper Bag

 Two pastel paintings I’ve been working on recently.
Paper Bag and Lace, 24x30cm, pastel
Paper Bag and Ribbons, 24x30cm pastel

Sunday, 12 October 2014

RWA 162 Open Exhibition

Some pictures of the Private View of the 162d Open Exhibition of the Royal West of England Academy of Art.
The exhibition is open until 7 December 2014
The first main exhibition space
Me in front of my painting ‘Trapped’ which was hung in the first main hall!

The wall with my picture on the bottom row

Secret Lives

Here are some pictures of the Private View of ‘Secret Lives’ at Gallery Beaux Arts in Bath. The exhibition features three of my works and remains open until 8 November.

Thursday, 9 October 2014

What the Artist Saw

A short blog post, but I had to share this wonderful half-hour film on the BP Portrait Award. It is really worth a watch. It was broadcasted on Sky and Bloomberg last Sunday but it is available here in HD as well. Enjoy!
What the Artist Saw
A film by Lonelyleap, who also made a series of short films about the BP Award.

Saturday, 4 October 2014

RWA 162 Annual Open Exhibition 2014

I am very happy to tell you that, for the 4th year running, one of my paintings has been selected for the Royal West of England Academy of Art (RWA) Open Exhibition!
My painting ‘Trapped’ has been selected from over 2300 entries from over 1000 artists for this huge and varied exhibition with over 500 works exhibited and for sale.

The exhibition opens 12 October and runs until 7 December in Bristol.

Queens Road
Clifton, Bristol
Bs8 1PX
Open: Tue - Sat 10-6, Sun 11-5
Entry £5 / £3.50
Trapped, oil on linen, 50x60cm

BP Portrait Award in Sunderland

The BP Portrait Award 2014 - which includes my paintings from The Lace Trail series, opens today at Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens!

Open from 4 October - 19 November, free entry

See more here:

and here:

and the BBC even made a short film about it:

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Secret Lives

New Paintings and New Exhibition

I am very excited to be taking part in the exhibition ‘Secret Lives’ held at Beaux Arts in Bath.
The exhibition features many brilliant artists and I am proud to be amongst them. I will show my new painting ‘The Lying-in Room’, a painting inspired by the Tudor custom for pregnant women and new mothers to shut themselves away in dark, warm rooms to prepare for the birth of their baby. This large painting features a pregnant friend who is now the proud mother of a beautiful daughter.  My small lace paintings ‘Brabant Lace’ and ‘Lace in Box’ will also be on show. If you are coming to see a particular painting please do get in touch to double check it is on show.

The show opens with a Private View on 11 October 6-8pm - you are invited!

Secret Lives
Group Exhibition
Jennifer Anderson, Akash Bhatt, Joy Wolfenden Brown, Andrew Crocker, Tessa Farmer, Nathan Ford, Naomi Frears, Sarah Gillespie, Raoof Haghighi, Donna McLean, Jennifer McRae, Sophie Ploeg, Anthony Scullion,Helen Simmonds, Jason Walker

Beaux Arts Bath
12-13 York Street

13 October - 8 November 2014
Private View Saturday 11 October 6-8pm

The Lying-in Room, oil on canvas, 92x92cm/36x36"

Thursday, 25 September 2014

I think I am finally calling this one done. I am considering doing a companion piece with wool instead of fabric, but not sure yet.

this one is 

Oil on linen
20x12” / 50x30cm

Sunday, 21 September 2014

Goodbye London

Today was the last day of the BP Portrait Award 2014 in London. Boy, has it been an experience for me! Although the show moves on to Sunderland and then Edinburgh I do feel like my year has now truly passed and I am working on new works and new challenges. The BP Travel Award 2013 has given me an amazing year, full of research, travel and painting. I loved being so focussed, intent and busy. It all culminated in the exhibition of my works within the BP Portrait Award 2014 and it looks amazing - I still can’t believe those are my paintings up there. Thank you NPG and BP. Onwards and upwards!

The BP Portrait Award 2014 will be back on (with more of my works on display!!) at Sunderland Art Gallery from 4 October.

All works are on my website.

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Commissioned Portrait

This is a commissioned portrait I recently finished. Oil on linen, 30x40cm/16x12”

Saturday, 6 September 2014

Pay it Forward - USA

Yesterday the ‘Pay it Forward’ exhibition opened at Principle Gallery in Alexandria, Virginia, USA.
Here are some pictures of the show (thank you Principle Gallery!) and the links to the catalogue and a slideshow.

5 Things you should know about ‘Pay it Forward’

Here is a slideshow with all the paintings in the show:

Buy the catalogue ($19.99):