FEMALE ICONS

Images of mature, female celebrities were starting points for this series of paintings. I was tired of ‘women of a certain age’ being overlooked and not appreciated for their undeniable talent and wisdom so I wanted to celebrate their humour, resilience and creative energy. The images are recognisable but I am not a photo-realist painter. The colour has to be delicious enough to make your mouth water and the surface seductive enough to make you want to touch it. 

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Vivienne Westwood, 2019, Oil on Canvas

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Annie Lennox, 2019, Oil on Canvas

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Jo Brand, 2019, Oil on Canvas

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Miriam Margolyes, 2019, Oil on Canvas

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Kathy Burke, 2019, Oil on Canvas

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Olivia Colman, 2019, Oil on Canvas

BOYS KEEP SWINGING

This series of portraits explores the phenomenon of men exploring their sexuality by putting on a dress. I worked from images of an iconic group of male performers and began to discover the layers of honesty, courage, and vulnerability that exist beneath the initial shock or laughter. 

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Greta, 2020, Oil on Canvas

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Izzy, 2020, Oil on Canvas

MOLLY HOUSE

Once the current pandemic is under control I have arranged to visit two professional drag queens to listen to their stories and paint them from life. I remain fascinated by the lives of individuals who are too often misunderstood or unappreciated and are determined to shine a loving spotlight on them. 

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Molly, 2019, Oil on Canvas