"I have always been drawn to create, paint and weave stories around it all."
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 increasingly 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…
Recently I have been working more from life as the basis of my portraits; taking a contemporary face and transporting them into another historical period as well as using the face as a vehicle for an imaginary narrative.
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.
Commissions are always welcome; I can offer many styles and treatments and have various examples of past work as a starting point to creating something individual and unique.
Please get in touch via this website or stop by in person at Bon Papillon for a chat!
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