Figurative painting came last in painting career when, I felt I needed to tackle the Trump political campaign full on, to voice my views with the contentious piece, ‘A Tramp Without Rags’.
This led to a collection inspired by musical icons whose work had touched me deeply and who had passed away at a young age. At the same time, I was researching the use of art to treat trauma for those suffering mental health issues and that led to my exhibition, ‘Art, Trauma and Healing’ reflecting on my own experience of healing my childhood traumas during my incarceration with my art.
Most recently I was awarded a Honorary Exhibitor award for four of my Golden Years series, along with three other of the ten finalist from the eight thousand entries to the Professional Working Artist Of the Year Awards 2023 by the Visual Artist Association. https://visual-artists.org/paa23-winner/
The use of vibrant colours humour, feelings and humanity have become my trademark style that aim to offer the viewer an intimate view of the world through my eyes.