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oh beanz

January 2022


Oil on wood panel

40cm dia

This painting was created during lockdown 2021 and completed in 2022. It's a study of a floral arrangement put together by a very talented florist friend (check out his amazing wreaths!). I just love the joyfulness of the saturated colours and fun beans can.

PRINTS: £50 each (limited run of 15 signed prints A3, on archival paper unframed)

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o how albert missed his hair

January 2022


Oil on wood panel

30cm dia

Anatomy study with hydrangeas, completed in Jan, 2022. 

Albert is the (resin) skull that sits in my studio. I've been doing a few little studies of him and each time I imagine who he was, and perhaps what he might miss from his previous life.  I'm not sure why I've decided he's a He... one to ponder.

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dry january

January 2022


Oil on wood panel

35 x 45cm

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Self Portrait completed in Jan, 2022. 

Dry January is just so boring isn't it? I know, it's meant to be super healthy for us but, wow it drags on doesn't it? 

Backlit with a cool natural light coming from the window, and front lit with a warm candle, creating some nice colour tensions on the piece.

tallulah's view

April - August 2020


Oil on wood panel

61 x 61cm

Self Portrait completed in lockdown, 2020. 

Talking to friends about how they felt about being in isolation (in April/May - mid lockdown), most said they felt a mix of crashing highs and lows and in between that, a grey never-ending boredom, all in the same day. This self portrait is a mix of those feelings. On one hand it looks like I’m raising my head up to the sky and praying for it all to just bloody end. The frizzy hair and the eyebags say it all. But also, the strong downlight and the circular mirror behind me makes the whole scene look rather uplifting! In actuality, this is an image of me checking my ceiling at home for a potential leak after my daughters bath time. For me, that's also a reflection of lockdown... having so much time on our hands we are always scrutinising ourselves and our surroundings at a time that seemed like it would never end.

The title Tallulah's View (of me) is because my daughter took the original photo after we gave her my old digital camera.  This image resonated with me because I forget at times that she sees things differently than I do. While I'm scrutinising the ceiling, she's scrutinising me.






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sofie & piano

May 2020


Oil on canvas

43 x 53cm

Sofie is one of my nieces living in Sweden.  This image is of her playing with a toy piano in her bedroom cupboard. 


She sits quietly in this tiny space, resting perhaps after a moment of busy play with her big sister.


The scale of the piano intrigues me and raises questions of scale in Sofie herself, a little like Alice in Wonderland.    



hats in bloomsbury

March 2020


Oil on canvas

80 x 80cm

This work was inspired by a scene I captured outside a gentleman's outfitters in Bloomsbury on a sunny day in North London. 


A girl passed by and paused for only a couple of minutes on the bench by the window, and it all came together.  

I find a few things interesting here - the masculine theme of the shop with it's dark colours and bicycle out front, are from another era. While the girl and her bright skirt and metallic water bottle are both contemporary and feminine. The pink and decorative flat above the shop also contrast with the shops dark front. The open window is a sneak peek into an entirely different narrative and a bit of a nod to Edward Hopper.


I started this work at the beginning of 2020 and I had to stop in a hurry due to Covid-19 and our studios closing. I've purposely left it unfinished with some elements only having had a first pass.






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