For me, oil painting is a raw and primal method of expression - a way of releasing emotions amassed throughout busy everyday life and relationships. Most of my work is established on a dark, enigmatic background, resembling the depths of the subconscious. With bursts of colour melting into shapes I attempt to surface imagery with an emotion of the moment approach to painting.

As well as very personal works, perhaps best described as 'distorted psychological imprints', I often use inspiration from the natural environment to create abstract landscapes.

For me, painting is a personal journey from my mind to the canvas. The viewer should find a space in the paintings where they can lose themself in imagery and colours - a shifting family of shapes and shadows.




Graduated in 2012 with Fine Art (BA Honors) from the Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, Dundee. Born in England (1989), I soon travelled north where I spent my adolescent years in Glasgow. After finishing my studies in Scotland, I headed south to London where I have an income from decorating while pursuing my career as an artist.


Exhibitions/ Shows/ Sessions



2018 March - Cabaret and Couture life drawing sessions begin at London Tottenham warehouse Labyrinth


2015 August - Beneath The Surface Of The Day, The Labyrinth - Unit 1 Pride House, London



2013 March - Painting Transforms Rap Transforms Painting, Live performance, Debut Contemporary, London


2012 October - Group Exhibition, '3rd October Private View', Debut Contemporary, London


2012 October - Group Exhibition, 'Mind Wandering Magic', The Lloyd Gill Gallery, Somerset


2012 September - Group Exhibition, 'Stylish September', Debut Contemporary, London


2012 August- Group Exhibition, 'Best of Degree Shows', Six Foot Gallery, Glasgow


2012 May - Group Exhibition, 'Degree Show' Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, Dundee


2011 November - Group Exhibition, 'Exhibit' Rosangle Cafe, Dundee


2011 July - Solo Exhibition (with Lee Sullivan) 'Canvas & Catgut', Servant Jazz Quarters, London


Press/ Coverage




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Recent Work & Activity



oil on canvas


March 2018



oil on canvas


March 2018



oil on canvas


July 2018