What inspires you?
The natural world and the world of the imagination. How they interconnect.
Who are your favourite artists and why?
Mughal painters, Botticelli, Paula Rego, Dale Chihulyand many others. I like the combination of observed and imagined detail.
Tell us about a memorable exhibition or creative event you experienced.
I vividly remember a show called Lost Magic Kingdoms and Six Paper Moons, curated by Eduardo Paolozzi. I loved Bennozzo Gozzoli’s Journey of the Magi in Florence. I have been fortunate to be able to visit the Venice Biennale many times. A magical experience in a magical place.
What is your work about?
My work is about seeing the power in colour, patterns and detail. The placing of disparate elements to create a unified image.
What is your favourite medium or artist’s tool to work with and why?
I like to work in acrylic on canvas because of the range, versatility and directness of the medium.
What do you love most about being an artist?
The charm of being able to play and dream out loud.
Your favourite place to visit in London?
The SouthBank! Where better?
Best bit of advice you came across.
Keep going and get things done!
What do you want to achieve as an artist?
To keep going and get things done.
What is the single most important thing art has given you?
Share a tip for overcoming ‘artist’s block’
Go outside, look at real things, then go inside and look at old sketchbooks, scrapbooks and previous paintings to see familiar themes emerging and connecting.