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”The ordinary is the extraordinary”

(Wang Xiang-Zhai, Chi Kung Master)

Welcome to my website. I am an observational painter whose still lifes celebrate the arresting beauty found in even the most humble of subjects. I am fascinated by the presence and character of my chosen subjects and how the fluctuating hues and intensity of north light bring these qualities to life. Nature and the seasons play an intrinsic role in my work and I like to think that my 20 years as a chi kung practitioner may have facilitated a few insights in this respect. I enjoy exploring the aesthetic and technical aspects of painting and invite the viewer to slow down and appreciate the wonders of the ordinary.

Recently I was honoured to receive first prize in the RBSA Portrait Prize for ‘Fortitude’ a painting of my daughter, and in 2018 my painting ‘Confluence’ was selected for the prestigious Columbia Threadneedle Prize held at the Mall Galleries in London. I have also been very fortunate to receive an Arcadia Contemporary Award from the 12th International ARC Salon and an Alfred Daniels Award from The Royal Society of British Artists 300th Exhibition. My paintings have made an appearance in a number of art publications and can be found in collections around the world.


Selected Exhibitions/competitions

2019
RBSA Portrait Prize Exhibition (1st Prize) Summer Exhibition, Beaux Arts Bath Summer Show, The Doorway Gallery 14th International ARC Salon - ‘from life’ & still life categories ‘Go Wild!’, Poets & Artists exhibition, Gormleys, Dublin RBSA Prize Exhibition RHA 189th Annual Exhibition Affordable Art Fair Hampstead, The Doorway Gallery
Fresh Contemporary Art Fair, Cheltenham, The Doorway Gallery
RBSA Open All Media Exhibition 
Affordable Art Fair Battersea, The Doorway Gallery
Winter Group Show, The Doorway Gallery

2018
RBSA Members & Associates Annual Exhibition
Edinburgh Art Fair, The Doorway Gallery
Boston International Fine Art Show, Nicki Solomon Fine Art
'Wonders of the Ordinary' (solo show) RBSA Gallery
Affordable Art Fair Battersea, John Noott Galleries
’Five and Under’, Arcadia Contemporary RBSA Charity Art Auction with Bonhams & Deutsche Bank
Summer Show, The Doorway Gallery
RBSA Selected Members & Associates, John Noott Galleries
Jackson's Open Painting Prize, finalist
13th International ARC Salon - still life category
The Columbia Threadneedle Prize
’Artists of the Year’, Artists and Illustrators Magazine, Mall Galleries
Fresh Contemporary Art Fair, Cheltenham, The Doorway Gallery
RBA 301st Annual Exhibition RBSA Prize Exhibition
RBSA Open All Media Exhibition
Winter Group Show, The Doorway Gallery

2017
’ARC Visions’, Arcadia Contemporary
ROI Annual Exhibition
RBSA Members & Associates Annual Exhibition RBSA Charity Art Auction with Bonhams & Deutsche Bank
’Metropolis’, RBSA Gallery
’Love Art, Buy Art, Make Art’, RBSA Tutors Exhibition, RBSA Gallery
The Artist Magazine Annual Competition/Exhibition 
International Artist Magazine Challenge No.97, Still Life (2nd Prize)
RSMA Annual Exhibition
RBA 300th Annual Exhibition (Alfred Daniels Award)
RBSA Prize Exhibition
RBSA Candidates for Membership
RBSA Open All Media Exhibition

2016
RBSA Members & Associates Annual Exhibition
ROI Annual Exhibition
RBSA Candidates for Associateship
Summer Exhibition, Eduardo Alessandro Studios
International Artist Magazine Challenge No.96, Favourite Subjects 
12th International ARC Salon - still life category (Arcadia Contemporary Award)
Broadway Arts Festival Open Art Competition (Highly Commended)
RBA 299th Annual Exhibition
RWA 164th Annual Exhibition
RBSA Prize Exhibition
RBSA Open All Media Exhibition (Highly Commended)

2015
RBSA Portrait Prize Exhibition
RBSA Prize Exhibition  
RBSA Open All Media Exhibition
RBSA Friends Open Exhibition (Highly Commended)

1996 South East Open Drawing Competition East Sussex Open

Teaching
Occasional workshops and demonstrations

Professional Affiliations
Art Renewal Center Associate Living Master (ARCALM) Member of the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists (RBSA)