A childhood obsessing over illuminated projects led to art college in Norwich and London then work as a freelance illustrator and picture researcher/archivist in the magazine and book publishing industry (Condé Nast, Dorling Kindersley).
I grew up in London, a Swedish father the origin of my Scandinavian name, and travels to Scotland in childhood paved the way for my move there in the mid nineties. For the last twenty years I have been based in Edinburgh, exhibiting locally and in England.
In 2011 myself and partner Stuart Allan opened Gallery-Cafe 'Bon Papillon' in the heart of Edinburgh's 'art quarter'; I now paint in the gallery where Stuart also has a framing workshop.
My work is mainly figurative, although I am also always interested in mark-making for it's own sake, using print, rollers, drawing and painting with brushes, palette knife and cardboard. Most of the time however, the face is the starting point, either real or imagined - I love portraiture and the challenge that it presents to an artist. Not just to capture a likeness or mimic life but to suggest a character and a story behind the lines…
I love to work from life as the basis of my portraits, or at least photographs that I have taken for the purpose; taking a contemporary face and transporting them into another historical period as well as using the face as a vehicle for an imaginary narrative.
Birds, china cups and other personal effects are also creeping into my work lately as I move from strictly portraiture to the ephemera that surrounds a person and describes them in the process; much of this so far could be read as autobiographical, but that applies to much of my work...
I draw every day, an important discipline to further my work; to paint is to be constantly learning and reassessing what it happening on the surface. Painting in a permanently 'open studio' in Bon Papillon has been a challenge, but I have reached a point where it has become normal to switch on and off between drawing and making coffees. The plus side is the focus that comes from being always in my studio, surrounded by ideas and influences.
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