I am a prize-winning professional figurative painter and council member of the Manchester Academy of Fine Arts (MAFA). In 2017 and 2019 I was shortlisted by the UK's leading art magazine for Artist of the Year.
I am a social realist painter. My aim is to capture the spirit of the age and create contemporary portraiture that tells stories about my sitters through a strong visual narrative.
Zeitgeist is my ongoing series of paintings that explore the subject of humanity and its relationship with personal technology. My paintings act as social documentaries, posing questions about our digital epoch and the status of the human being within contemporary society.
Seeing people glued to their devices is so commonplace now that we don’t give it a second glance. I started this body of work in 2015 to reflect our increasingly addictive relationship with the technology that now dominates our lives.
I always try to create a visual dynamic that is loaded with implications. Establishing a deliberate dichotomy in my compositions forces the viewer to focus on what that person is doing – and in doing so, it creates a sense of isolation and divorce from the real world and a psychological conflict in the painting between humanity and technology. The more you look at my work, the more complexities unfold from what might at first seem to be a series of straightforward paintings.