Do you work to commission?
No, I don't. You can always get in touch via my contact form and outline what you're hoping for and I can give you an honest answer (likely, no). I work best to a very loose brief/timescale and I absolutely cannot replicate existing/past paintings. I find the pace of commissioned work also causes flare-ups of RSI pain in my painting arm and I can't seem to exercise/physio my way out of this.
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 Saatchi Art or 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. Be aware that shipping XL paintings overseas is very costly and packaging-heavy.
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.
Do you sell prints directly?
No! I don't really like giclée prints if I'm honest, they're not my cup of tea.
Why do your paintings have women’s names?
Everyone always asks me why they're named after women. It began simply as a means of identifying one from another, thus helping me keep track of where they all were (I used to like to do lots of exhibitions!), 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 deleted it!
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 some of my originals on the front 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.
*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.