I like to think of myself as a multimedia artist pushing the boundaries of portraiture. How? Well, by exploring ideas related to identity, disguise and the masks we all adopt as we negotiate our way through life. These words by Jacques Lecoq underpin my work — There are three masks : The one we think we are, The one we really are, The one we have in common.
I blame my Ward ancestors for my interest in poetry. 200 years ago they were River Thames watermen, notorious for colourful language and word-play! Read more about them in Turner’s Cracked Kettle, my first experimental novel.
Tell It Like A Strangeris my first collection of poems, judged by several literary friends as thought-provoking. Read it and see!
I’m also a prize-winning painter, gaining a prize of 2,500 € from the city of Mahón, Menorca in 2007. A great surprise!
My artwork is in a number of collections worldwide.
I have degrees specialising in Fine Art and Art History— MA (Distinction) : University of Southampton Related Arts Bursary Award : University of Chichester BA Hons (First Class) : University of Chichester Cert. Ed. / Honorary degree : University of Worcester