DESIGNER AND PAINTER OF DECORATIVE INTERIORS.
From my studio in Hastings on the Sussex coast of England I design and hand paint surface pattern for interiors. Working largely to commission I create bespoke pieces for domestic, commercial and heritage interiors.
I came to the world of decorative interiors from an unconventional direction, specialising in reproducing Elizabethan wall paintings and painted cloths in the tradition of the craftsmen known as "painter stainers". I’ve remained intrigued by this beguiling genre researching and reproducing rare designs for museums and historic houses whilst also adapting them for modern tastes.
At the same time my inherent love of surface pattern has drawn me towards diverse and ever-changing influences for my designs. My open-minded and inquisitive approach to decoration makes for fruitful collaborations whilst ensuring the artwork carries my distinctive signature.
This signature style is imbued with a historic, artisanal and painterly feel that has its roots in the wall paintings of old. My paintwork is often finished with ageing and distressing to distance it from the new and the mass produced, adding what I think of as "The patination of time".
In 2007 I was awarded a QEST scholarship and received a grant to carry out further research into Elizabethan decoration. QEST (the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust) is the charitable branch of the Royal Warrant Holders Association and my association with both bodies has led to many exciting opportunities. Amongst these are exhibiting at Fortnum & Mason and, in 2013, painting a 10m wide landscape mural for the Queen's summerhouse at Buckingham Palace.
I’m honoured to be included in “Celebrating British Craftsmanship” a book featuring over 100 QEST alumni – Available from October 2018
In recent years I have collaborated with top brands on award winning designs. These include several for Zoffany starting with the pioneering Arden Collection followed by single designs; Peacock Garden, The Gondolier, Winterbourne and Stand Wood. I have also produced two designs for Lewis & Wood called Bacchus and Rococo printed as luxury fabrics and wallpapers.
More recently I have been collaborating with Firmdale Hotels and its design director Kit Kemp. This involved creating large scale, scenic wallpapers for Charlotte Street Hotel, London and for Firmdale's newest hotel The Whitby in New York. Further collaborations are in the pipeline including an exciting new fabric and wallpaper collection for dynamic design house Andrew Martin.
SOME PAST CLIENTS:
Addison Nelson Design
Alan Paine Knitwear Ltd
Birmingham City Council
Charleston House Trust
Coats & Clark UK Ltd
Cowper Griffith Associates
Diana Kelly Interiors
Exeter City Council
Firmdale Hotels PLC
Fortnum & Mason PLC
Forum Design & Manufacturing Ltd.
General Trading Company
Hackett Holland Architects
Katrina Phillips Ltd
Larkspur & Hawk
Lewis & Wood
London Craft Week 2017
Lucy Johnston Antiques
Le Bon Marche, Paris
McCully & Crane Art Ltd.
Royal Warrant Holders Association
Rowan Fabrics for Coats plc
Shakespeare's Birthplace Trust
Stroud International Textiles Festival
The Creative Source
The Wallpaper History Society
The Worshipful Company of Painter Stainers
Zoffany (Walker Greenbank PLC)
Weald & Downland Open Air Museum
Westminster Fibers inc
Wild Apple Publishing & Licensing
Plus private clients at home and abroad.