About me

About

I'm a writer and artist (and a collector). I also work as a publisher (at University of Hertfordshire Press).

I'm quite a driven person and try to make the most of my time. I've spent more time writing than making art recently and the fruits of that work will be published as The Apprentice of Split Crow Lane by Quercus Books in November 2016 (see 'Book' page).

I love to investigate things from the past, particularly old photographs. You can find some of my photo investigations on my blog, Things To Make And Do. I'm also very active on Instagram, where you can see my odd little collections.

A lot of my art references the past too. I’m increasingly drawn towards realistic painting, although the reality I’m trying to reproduce may be a photograph or an old postcard.

I like postcards for the same reason that I like Google Street View: they are real moments frozen in time. The best thing about postcards, for me, is the people who are caught on them, especially those who just happen to be there, captured rather than posing. I like to discover the tiny dramas hidden in postcards.

I have two main ways of working. I mostly either paint in acrylics on canvas or I work in oil pastel over large digital prints. I also do collage and recently I've been making digital prints.