Do you work to commission?
Yes, please get in touch via my contact form. The process is simple and has been outlined on my commission process/policy page for you to take a look at.
Do you have a list of available works?
Not a list as such, but feel free to ask at any time, it's not a problem - I know what I have, I just don't keep a list. A quick way to check would be on the ArtFinder website, or, if you have the time, by browsing through this website (sold works are marked as such).
Do you ship Worldwide?
I do. You can purchase works either directly from me (again, please use the contact form to discuss this) or simply through one of the sites listed in my links section. Personal shipping preferences can be accommodated.
Can I pay in installments?
Yes, that's easy to arrange, just get in touch to discuss your requirements and we can set it up, either directly with me or through a site like Etsy. UK buyers can pay in installments via Art Pistol as they participate in the fantastic Own Art scheme (art-purchasing loans for all budgets). If the piece you want isn't listed on Art Pistol that's not a problem to get organised, please just ask.
Is there anywhere I can view your work?
You can check my blog for details of events, and details of works on loan, you can also enquire through my contact form. Feel free to ask if you'd like to see additional images of any of the paintings, I'm always happy to send those through. I'm also happy to arrange viewings at my home studio (approximately half an hour from M6 junction 16).
Do you sell prints directly?
Not at the moment! There are great selections on Saatchi Art, Artist Lane (they also do cushion covers from time to time), Urban Road and Fine Art America. Every one of these sites ships internationally. If there's a piece you'd like to have as a print then just let me know and I'll get it set up on Saatchi Art for you.
Please note that I will not send hi-res files out for individuals to print*, even for a fee, so please don't ask me to; I feel bad saying no, but I do have to say no!
Why do your paintings have women’s names?
Everyone always asks me why they're named after women. It actually began simply as a means of identifying one from another, thus helping me keep track of where they all were, also enabling me to talk about them easily. Standard names for abstract paintings always sound a bit pretentious or silly when I come up with them, and I didn't like 'Untitled' either, so I started naming them after friends, acquaintances, characters from books and women who inspire me. For some reason, they're pretty much always women's names, although the odd man's name gets in there from time to time - this is probably due to the feminine nature of my work as a whole.
Do the titles of your painting collections mean anything?
They mean something, mostly to me only, so it can be hard to explain the less literal ones. I can be terribly unoriginal however, as from time to time I appropriate some of my titles from titles of pieces of music I love. 'Quiet Sky' is part of a lyric from a Cyantific track (titled Quiet Star) and 'Cascades of Colour' is a track by Logistics.
I think the one thing a title has to do is to somehow tap into what I was trying to depict or what I was feeling at the time of painting a series. I find a lot of the music I listen to resonates deep in the same area of my brain, the place which makes birdsong give me that giddy soul-lifting type of feeling and the same place my paintings feel as though they come from.
Can I use your images on my blog?
You can and welcome, please add a link to my website or credit me with the images though - thanks!
What happened to your original blog?
I'm not very technically minded and after running out of space for images and being unable to figure out how to fix it I decided that I would delete it and make one of those amazing Wordpress blogs. How hard could it be? ...Very! I can't get my head around Wordpress so I'd impulsively deleted my original blog 'because I can't make it work!' and ended up with an even bigger problem. I started a new one but it doesn't show up in search results very well - it's here.
Why don't you sign your paintings?
I always sign and date each piece on the back (usually on the frame) but rarely on the front. If you have a piece which is signed on the front then it's probably an earlier one, say from 2008 - 2010. The reason I don't sign the front of my paintings is because I don't think it ever looks very good when I do it! My signature is fairly big and clunky looking and I can never get it right if I'm painting it, it just seems to detract from the work in my eyes.
January 2018 - I have begun to sign all of my originals after a lot of practice and experimentation with my signature.
What materials do you paint with?
I paint in combinations of oil and household-type paints, generally enamel, sometimes just oil on its own. I'm very fussy about the surface I paint on and never use pre-stretched/sized canvases because I have issues with the surface and depth of the frames, their corner-wraps and so on. I'm a bit of a control freak in that respect and hate seeing badly stretched paintings or paintings where the stretcher bars have left an impression on the painted surface. My friend Rachel and I used to joke at uni that our canvases were as tight as a drum once sized - with rabbit skin glue** - that is exactly what they sound like once dried.
My favourite paints are made by Sennelier, I usually buy the dry pigments and mix them up myself, another thing I was taught at uni. To be fair, I have tried both methods (tube-mixed and Georgie-mixed) and definitely prefer the latter.
*Except for art consultants with an agreed reproduction rate (via contract).
**I use rabbit skin glue as a base layer for many of my paintings in oil on canvas or linen and thought that vegetarians, vegans & anyone with an interest in the use of animals in such ways would want to know this (in case you didn't already). Acrylic gouache/ink works are sized with household paint.