About

I am an artist and art tutor.  I currently teach life drawing and professional practice on the Fine Art programme at Oxford Brookes University, and am a painting tutor at the Oxfordshire Visual Arts Development Agency.  I completed a Masters in Fine Art Professional Practice at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in 2011, and work from a studio at my home in Jericho, Oxford.  I draw on my everyday surroundings as the subject for my work, currently focusing on landscape and still life painting in oils and acrylics.  I experience art practice as fundamentally uplifting, and a means of effecting positive change in the world.

I do not believe that there is a one size fits all approach to teaching practical skills in the arts, and work with every student as an individual with a unique talent and worldview that shapes the way that they create work.  I emphasise the importance of process , allowing for accident and the unexpected in a workshop, and encourage my students to support one another’s journeys of exploration in the art studio.  Ultimately, I hope that the experience of learning through creative practice is as important – if not more so – than achieving a ‘finished’ outcome, but most of my students leave my sessions with  work that they would be prepared to share with others.

Teaching
2019     Visiting Tutor, OVADA, Oxford
2017 –   Associate Lecturer, Fine Art, Oxford Brookes University

Previous Experience
2012 – 2019   Foundation tutor, Art and Design, Oxfordshire
2016     Painting tutor, OVADA, Oxford
2015     Tutor, BA Fine Art Venice Field Trip, Oxford Brookes University
2015     Ideas in the Making symposium, Oxford University Museum of Natural History  
2013 – 2014  Associate Lecturer, Oxford Brookes University
2013     Drawing Workshop tutor, BA Fine Art, Oxford Brookes University
2012     River Runs project, Urbonas Studio, Modern Art Oxford
2012     Artist talk, Oxford Brookes University

Residencies
Aug 2015 Outlandia, London Fieldworks, Glen Nevis, Scotland
June 2013 Art Lab #1 Bern Lovefield, Gepard 14, Switzerland

Selected Exhibitions
2019
Art and the Interconnectedness of All Things, Wolfson College, Oxford
Seven Counties Open 2019, OVADA, Oxford
2017
Below the Surface, OVADA, Oxford
2016
Steam, Old Fire Station, Oxford
2015
Art Lab #2, Fama Fame, London
Ideas in the Making, River and Rowing Museum, Henley-on-Thames
2014
JAM, Jam Factory, Oxford
Breaking of Tulips: Unwrapping Books, Oxford Botanical Gardens
2013
Import, Brick Lane Gallery, London
Art Lab #1, Gepard 14, Switzerland
Oxfordshire Artweeks, Workshop Studios, Oxford
2012
Autumn Show, Upstairs Gallery, Berkhamsted
2011
MA Fine Art Degree Show, Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London
MA Fine Art Interim Show, The Bargehouse, OXO Tower Wharf, London
2010
Wound, House Gallery, London
BA Fine Art Degree Show, Oxford Brookes University
2009
Go Home, East Gallery, London
Affordable Art Fair, Art File Gallery, London
2008
Alternative Oxford, 03 Gallery, Oxford
Art and Architecture/The City/Realities and Visions, National Gallery of Arts, Albania
Affordable Art Fair, Art File Gallery, Bristol
Obsessions, Modern Art Oxford
Affordable Art Fair, Art File Gallery, London

Qualifications
2013-2015 PGCE Postcompulsory, Oxford Brookes University
2010-2011 MA Fine Art, Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, UAL
2007-2010 BA Fine Art, Oxford Brookes University, UK
1994-1997 BA English Literature/Psychology, University of Cape Town, South Africa

Awards
2010 AHRC Scholarship, UAL
2009 URSS Project: Life on the Wing, Oxford Brookes University/Warwick University

Collections
Oxford Brookes University
Private Collections

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