Ever since my early teens, when I discovered the work of Juan Gris the Cubist, who made his still lifes out of torn and cut segments of French newspapers and bits of frayed wine label, I have been fascinated by collage. My earliest portraits and still lifes were made with fragments of paper of one sort or another. And nowadays I still work with paper and glue. With my collage portrait commissions, I enjoy the idea that something as particular as a portrait can be rendered with a chaos of re-cycled paper scraps. My MA dissertation was on collage portraiture.
 
I often visit St Ives and much of my still life work is inspired by the coastal landscape of North Cornwall and by the work of Cornish artists, past and present, who flatten shapes and experiment with textures and colour in a way that combines abstraction and figuration. In the same spirit of 'now you see it, now you don't', I am currently experimenting with the idea that paintings can look like collages and collages can look like paintings.
 
In recent years, I have also become interested in exploring more narrative themes. If there is a way that this can be linked to my still life and portrait work, I think it is via Cornwall. I have been inspired by recollections of holidays and time spent by the sea in the South West of England as a child and in more recent times. Using photographic reference and drawings, I am currently working on a series of paintings and collages that explore these themes. These paintings feel to me like painted memoirs. They have a personal resonance but I hope and intend that they also have some life beyond the subjective.

EDUCATION

PGCE in Art and Design, Institute of Education, London

MA Communication Design, Central St Martin's School, London

BA (Hons) Fine Art, Camberwell School of Art, London

EXHIBITIONS

2021

'The Royal Society of Portrait Painters', Mall Galleries, London

2020  

'The ING Discerning Eye Exhibition', London

'Society of Women Artists Annual Exhibition' London 

'Royal Society of British Artists Annual Exhibition', Mall Galleries, London

'Women For All Seasons', Art Academy Newington, London

2019   

'Society of Women Artists Annual Exhibition' (prizewinner), Mall Galleries, London

'The London Ultra Extravaganza', Bargehouse, London

'The ING Discerning Eye Exhibition', Mall Galleries, London

'Royal West of England Academy Annual Exhibition', Bristol

2018   

'The BP Portrait Award 2018' (shortlisted), National Portrait Gallery, London

'The Threadneedle Prize: Figurative Art Today', Mall Galleries, London

'Society of Women Artists Annual Exhibition', Mall Galleries, London

'Royal West of England Academy Annual Exhibition' Bristol

'Royal Society of Marine Artists', Mall Galleries, London

'G & C Gallery Show', G & C Gallery, Tunbridge Wells, Kent

'Mind the Art', Art Academy Newington, London

Member of Skylark Galleries on the Southbank

2017   

'Threads', Espacio Gallery, London

'Botanicals Show', Studio 73, London

'Royal Society of Marine Artists', Mall Galleries, London

'Edinburgh Art Fair', Edinburgh Corn Exchange, Edinburgh

'The ING Discerning Eye Exhibition', Mall Galleries, London

Member of Skylark Galleries on the Southbank

2016  

'Society of Women Artists Annual Exhibition', Mall Galleries, London  

'Royal Academy Summer Exhibition' (shortlisted) Mall Galleries, London

'Royal Society of Marine Artists', Mall Galleries, London

'The ING Discerning Eye Exhibition', Mall Galleries, London

Member of Skylark Galleries on the Southbank

2015   

'The Wey Gallery', Godalming, Surrey

'Royal Society of Portrait Painters Annual Exhibition', Mall Galleries, London

'Royal Society of British Artist's Annual Exhibition', Mall Galleries, London

'The ING Discerning Eye Exhibition', Mall Galleries, London

'Society of Women Artists Annual Exhibition', Mall Galleries, London

'Lambeth Open', Brixton, London

Member of Skylark Galleries on the Southbank

2014   

'Royal Society of Marine Artists', Mall Galleries, London

'Society of Women Artists Annual Exhibition', Mall Galleries, London  

'Affordable Art Fair', Temple Meads, Bristol

'Celebrating 60 Years of the Friends of Dulwich Picture Gallery', Dulwich Picture Gallery, London

'Art in the Cafe: Kate Newington', Omnibus Arts Centre, London

'Lambeth Open', Brixton, London

Member of Skylark Galleries on the Southbank

2013   

'The Jerram Gallery', Sherborne, Dorset   

'Suzanne Lacy: Silver Action' (participant), Tate Modern, London

'Easter Opening', Yew Tree Gallery, Cornwall

'Jane Newbery', Dulwich, London

'Lambeth Open', Brixton, London

2012   

'The Waterside Gallery', St Ives, Cornwall

'Urban Art', Brixton, London

'Lambeth Open', Brixton, London

2010   

'Michael Landy: Art Bin' South London Gallery, London   

'Lambeth Open', Gallery One, London   

'Urban Art', Brixton, London

2009   

'Lambeth Open', Gallery One, London

'Streatham Artists Open Studios', ASC Studios Streatham, London

'Thames Gallery', Dulwich, London

2008   

'Pond Gallery' Clapham, London

2007   

'The Discerning Eye', Mall Galleries, London

'Thames Gallery', Dulwich, London

2004   

'Anti-War Medals Exhibition', Fiberart Gallery, St Ives

'Link Gallery', Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

2003   

'AOI Images 27', Royal College of Art Gallery, London

1992

'Anna-Mei Chadwick', Chelsea, London

1991

'Morley Gallery: InPrint', Waterloo, London

1990

'The Modern and The New', Ben Uri Gallery, London

1989 

'Two Artists', Crypt Gallery, London

1987

'Kate Newington and Lucy Swan', Clarendon Gallery, London

1986

'Escape Gallery', Brockley, London

1983

'4 into 3 won't go', Haworth Gallery, Lancashire

1981

'The British Artist's Show', Chelsea, London

1980

'The British School at Rome', Rome, Italy

PORTRAIT COMMISSIONS

2020 

'Amanda', commissioned by her her daughter via #portraitsfornhsheroes.

'Jean', commissioned by Frank Lawton, London

2018 

'Arlo and Kell', (prizewinner at the SWA exhibition 2019) commissioned by Jan Brown, Bristol 

2017 

'Emily', commissioned by Cecilia Gillott, London

2016 

'Edie', commissioned by Jan Atkinson, Tyne and Wear

2015 

'Owen', commissioned by Gwyn Cooper, Solihull

2014 

'Oscar', commissioned by Jan Brown, Bristol

2013 

'Alexander', commissioned by Rehanna Nielsen, Surrey

'William', commissioned by Rehanna Nielsen, Surrey

'Marcus', commissioned by Rehanna Nielsen, Surrey

2012 

'Olivia and Virginia', commissioned by Marcia Lee, Middlesex

2011 

'Ellie Stork', commissioned by Joanna Stork, USA

'Benjamin Stork', commissioned by Joanna Stork, USA

'Annabel Stork', commissioned by Joanna Stork, USA

'Trixie Stork', commissioned by Joanna Stork, USA

'Teddy Stork', commissioned by Joanna Stork, USA

2008 

'Ben, Layla and Jack', commissioned by Annabel Merrett, London

2006 

'Adam', commissioned by Jane Kendall, London

2005 

'Tom, Jack and Sam', commissioned by Anna Kellard, Hertfordshire

2004 

'Lawrence', commissioned by Lyn Hally, France. 'Freddie, Tom and Henry', commissioned by Tina Slendebroek, London

2003 

'George', commissioned by Shirley Crowther, East Sussex. 'Hamish', commissioned by Nikki Clemens, London

2002 

'Angus, Eleanor and Georgina', commissioned by Sally Hayward, Cheshire

2001 

'Harriet', commissioned by James Taylor, Hertfordshire

2000 

'Nicola', commissioned by Yvonne Davis, Singapore.

'Theo and Max', commissioned by Clare Fader, Middlesex. '

'Katie and Charlie', commissioned by Martin Quigley, Buckinghamshire.

'Bill and Joseph', commissioned by Sue Oswald, Hertfordshire.

1999 

'Laura, Hector and Daisy', commissioned by Jaine Greene, London.

'Oscar, Grace, Jasper and Theo', commissioned by Carmel Morgan, Hertfordshire.

'Arnold', commissioned by Lawrence Simanowitz, London

1998 

'Hannah and Julia', commissioned by Jo Copestick, Hertfordshire.

'Guy', commissioned by Jean Newington, London

1997 

'Tabitha, Sam and Emily', commissioned by Hannah West, Oxfordshire

1996 

'Gabriel and Laura', commissioned by Matthew Byng, London

ILLUSTRATION COMMISSIONS

1996 - 2001 

'The Observer', 'Time Magazine', 'The Irish Times', 'The Big Issue', 'Ariel', 'Icon Books', 'Accountancy Age', 'Cybermagic Ltd', 'Estates Gazette', 'Living South'.

TEACHING AND ART RESIDENCIES

2012   

Part time Art Teacher, The Dominie School, London

2006/9

Part time Art Teacher, The Sacred Heart Language College, Harrow

2008   

Visiting Artist/Tutor, Broomhill Bank School, Kent

2005 

Artist in Residence, St Lawrence Primary School, Kent

2004 

Artist in Residence, The Bradbourne School, Kent. Artist in Residence, Otford Primary School, Kent. Artist in Residence, Seal Primary School, Kent.

2003/4 

Visiting Tutor at Camberwell School of Art, teaching first and second year students on the

BA Illustration course.

2003 

Artist in Residence, Charles Darwin School, Kent. Visiting Artist/Tutor, The Bradbourne School, Kent

2002 

Visiting Artist/Tutor, The Bradbourne School, Kent. Artist in Residence, Chestnut Grove School, London

2001 

Artist in Residence, Fircroft Primary School, London. Artist in Residence, St Mary's Primary School, London

1999 

Artist in Residence, Sudbourne Primary School, London

PREVIOUS EMPLOYMENT

1981-96    

Freelance Film and TV Researcher for Documentaries, on ITV, BBC and Channel 4