I am a self-taught London based live painter, usually found next to the stage painting at live performances.
I started live painting at the Jazz Cafe, where the first live sketches I did lead me on an unexpected path, since then I have continued to combine painting with my long-time love - Jazz, one continues to fuel the other as a collaboration.
Experience wise I've painted live at gigs in venues large and small, such as the Royal Festival Hall, Barbican, Cadogan Hall, Shoreditch Town Hall, Islington Assembly Hall and many other venues like the Jazz Cafe, RichMix, 606, Total Refreshment Centre, Church of Sound, Earth Hackney, Village Underground etc. See some of my work in work|shop and the gallery.
I have been blessed to paint musicians of the likes of Billy Harper, The Cookers, Ginger Baker, James Taylor, Theon Cross, Nubya Garcia, Makaya McCraven, Ben Lamar Gay, Joe Armon Jones, Kansas Smitty's, Brad Mehldau, Shabaka Hutchings, Ezra Collective, Kokoroko, Clark Tracey, Alan Barnes, Art Themen, Reuben James, Mark Kavuma, Lettuce, Anthony Joseph, Hypnotic Brass Band to name a few.
My inspiration comes from many levels - responding to and capturing the creative flow from the musicians, keeping the live experience fresh by fusing the sonic with the visual, inspiring an appreciation of the present moment via freedom of improvisation and creativity as fundamental to life. My practice aims to continue exploring all these areas not only as an individual but with all those around me as a collective.
It's been energising to find that musicians, people in industry, venues and audiences have been highly supportive and receptive to my work so far, thank you if you are one of them!