Wildlife is the focus of your art. What is it about painting animals that gets your creative juices flowing?
I’m fascinated by the animal kingdom and have been from a young age. I think I’ve inherited this from my mother who would often adopt the waifs and stays found in our garden. This resulted in us living with a fawn in our kitchen for a year! I find animal character, anatomy and diversity far more interesting than human subjects.
Can you sum up your style of painting in two sentences?
I’m known for my broad expressive, brush strokes and use of colour. My style is the opposite of a photograph – I’m not sure why hyperrealism exists in the painting genre!
Your studio is in Hampshire. But you live in London. What made you set up shop outside London for your art?
I work on a lot of large-scale commissions, so I need the space – something that is a scarcity in London. My studio is also situated in a stable yard which helps when 50% of your subject matter are horses.
Is your creative process reflected in your personal style?
Yes! I like to be original in my work and am constantly striving for unique angles. This is the same for what I wear. I believe there is no value to something mass-produced.
What three factors influence you most when choosing clothes?
Timeless elegance, durability and a twist of the extravagant.