Why I paint

I paint people swimming at Brockwell Lido. I love painting figures but I also love to capture the light on and beneath the water. For me light is a magical ingredient in painting. It performs emotional miracles on the brain. It gives depth and drama. When you capture light you work with darkness. You cannot have one without the other.

My paintings

I want my pictures to be full of the joy of colour, sun and cold water but I also want them to inspire and move people. My paintings often have a deep emotional resonance because the figures can seem vulnerable and lonely but also free and floating in space. They also show that ordinary life and an everyday activity like swimming can be full of mystery and poetry. It’s always just below the surface.

Lido lover

I am a keen Brockwell Lido swimmer. To swim there is blissful. It unites me with friends and with the community. It is a truly democratic and very special space that has been rescued by a dedicated few for the enjoyment of many. I hope my feelings for it come through in the work.

More about my work

These are original paintings. I work mainly with oil on canvas or linen and many of my paintings are on 45mm deep-edged stretchers, which means the larger pieces don’t need framing. Each painting is different. I work from photographs but I transfer the image with just my hand and my eye. I edit, improvise and adjust as I go. For me this is part of the process. Large pictures take on average six to eight weeks to complete.

    I have been selling my work to the public since 2006. I have exhibited work at Urban Art (Brixton), Lambeth Open, the Affordable Art Fair (Battersea), the Pond Gallery (Clapham), Dulwich Open House Festival, the JAGS Art Fair (Dulwich), and Studio 73 (Brixton village).


I also work on commission and offer a bespoke service if you want to fill a particular space. It’s simple and easy to negotiate.

See my work

Visit my online gallery.

Get in touch

07929 451916

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Welcome to my site


Check out the For Sale pages to see work of all sizes to buy. 


Located in the Village, Studio 73 currently holds some small affordable oils not featured on the website, such as the one below – an underwater abstract landscape called ‘At The Lido’ – plus paper pools and linocut prints available to buy now.

See the Commissions page for a series of Paper Pools called ‘The PreRaphaelites Go Swimming,’ created for Paul Smith Design for sale in store (below: ‘Gabriel and Lizzie’).

Find out more about these watercolour and mixed media collaged pictures – and how to commission one for yourself.