sketching on a rock

I am an artist and designer living and working in York, UK.

My background and training is in graphic design and illustration and I have worked as a designer for over 20 years, running Bivouac (my design practice) for over 12 years.

I’ve always been a scribbler, and am passionate about colour. I like to work at a scale that allows me to be gestural, using light and shade, colour and texture to create work that is from an emotional source. Sketchbooks and scrapbooks are used as references for my paintings, and I use them to trigger memories and feelings when back in the studio. When the British weather allows, I work ‘plein air’ to capture the energy I get when outside in the elements.

In my figurative work, I aim to capture the character of the model, and enjoy working with models who have their own sense of style or who have a confidence or character that shines out in a drawing or painting. When painting people, I work from life, quickly and intuitively, using a mixture of mediums depending on the subject and the number of sittings.

I am a member of York Artworkers’ Association and the Chartered Society of Designers.

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Sketching at Newton Point, Northumberland

Sketching at Newton Point, Northumberland