After studying fine art and theatre design at Surrey art colleges, I won a place and graduated from the Slade School of Fine Art, London, University College, London.
My speciality was, for the most part, set design, which involved design of stage sets, model-making, painting, and handling of numerous range of media involved in theatre production. My teachers, Peter Snow, and ballet designer and painter, Yolanda Sonnabend, guided my work and understanding.
After some experimentation, I found wood was a favourable surface for my oil works, with a mix of ready to use, oil tubes and oils from raw pigments and binders (Cornellisens inspiring range below). This became the way forward to producing the works I do today. Currently I am working on a series of water-media paintings to create a faster, more fluid process, bringing quicker results.
After much trial and error, I have found that the paper itself is the key foundation on how the finished work will look and whether you can achieve the result you want. Then I make drawings, pastels and photographs on site whenever possible, to preserve your ‘in-the-field’ emotional response to the subject. These dry mediums are a practical solution when travelling or in public spaces.
Finally, I mostly work in the studio where I can relax, concentrate my mind, and adventure with the medium to express the memories of the subject rather than being tied to the reality of it in front me. It had been some years since I had created works in watercolour, so it took many months of work before I felt I was creating the images I wanted. (The first lot went in the bin!).
Scale is another key area, I have found there is only so much coverage and power watercolour can give and it’s better for myself at least to stick to a smaller scale than oil, under A3 generally. Pastel chalks (Conte, Schminke, Sennelier, Rowney) give a much needed boost. My work generally shows pastel drawings done on site, with the paintings created in the studio, allowing my memory and feelings to express themselves.
I come from an artistic family. A number of uncles/ancestors were professional painters in the 19th and 20th centuries of a variety of styles. They exhibited in the Royal Scottish Academy and Royal Academy, London, including: modernist painter: Francis Dunbar Marshall-Malagola (1918-2001), his work is housed in European museums; flower painter: Cecil Kennedy (1905-1997), still highly collectable; landscapist: Thomas Kennedy (1900-1983). Cousin David Tremlett, is famed for his modernist mural work, and was short listed for the Turner Prize, 1987. The society artist John Ward, R.A, was a friend of my aunt, whom I was fortunate enough to work with a number of times in his large dining room studio at home in Bilting, Kent. He was always amusing and encouraging.
- Fine Art: Exhibitions
- 2017 Continuing the watercolour series; Begin private tutoring for young students.
- 2014-15 Travelled to Venice, to acquire new material for new work in watercolour and mixed media. Private sales of works, oils on board.
2012 Mixed exhibition. Christine Walker Gallery, Caterham School, Surrey
- Solo exhibition. 4-6th May 2011. The Troubadour Gallery, Kensington, London. Agent: Richard Thorneycroft website: at The Wandering Artist.
2010 March: The Christine Walker Gallery, Caterham, Surrey. The Bluehouse Arts Festival, Oxted, Surrey.
2007 Travelled to France and Venice, working on new landscapes, painting on canvas.
2005 sold work for charity www.chasecare.org.uk art show,
Henry Moore Gallery, The Royal College of Art, London.
The Bourne Gallery, Reigate, Surrey
The Fine Art, Design and Antiques Fair at Kensington Olympia, London.
Exhibited: chasecare.org.uk at the Royal College of Art, Henry Moore Gallery.
London Exhibitions: at Chelsea Harbour, Chelsea and Trinity Arts and Crafts Guild; Holy Trinity Church, Sloane Sq. London. Mixed work, Surrey exhibition
2000 – Solo exhibition is featured in the listings of The World of Interiors magazine; at Petworth House, Sussex.
- 2000, Pam Masco and Heseltine Gallery, Petworth, Sussex.
- 1995 Graduated from the Slade School of Fine Art, UCL, London.