I came to South Africa this year from England where I was a portrait artist working to commission and living in the South West of England. Clients would come to my studio and I would paint their portrait over a series of sittings, working from life and also from photographs. My preferred medium was oil, but I also used pastels, charcoal and pencil.
I have always been interested in figurative art and taught life drawing for many years in my home village of Wrington, which is about 10 miles South of Bristol.
On reaching Cape Town, the feedback I received from Galleries was that portraits were not popular in South Africa - they were considered old fashioned. I therefore had to have a rethink and decided to go to the complete opposite side of the scale from portraiture - painting figures with no detail at all, just modern, stylish acrylic paintings on pure white canvas, but outlined with a strong, bold black outline; as the only alternative to a print at this cost.
These paintings are fun, funky, clean and bright. I can paint any size, colour or style depending on what a client would like - they look equally terrific hanging in offices, hotels or in the home.