Behind all my drawing and painting in all media is gesture – the expression of what I see in a rapid, loose, gestural mark that flows directly, and almost subconsciously, in response to intense observation. My love of gesture, of expressing what I see and experience in gestural marks and capturing the essence of a subject in as simple and visually economical way as possible, comes directly from life drawing. I started “life drawing”, figure drawing from the nude model, at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, Oxford University, in 1979, alongside print-making and sculpture, as an extra curricula activity while studying for my Physics degree. As with such drawing sessions throughout the history of academic drawing, we started with shorter poses of thirty seconds, one, two and three minutes, and worked gradually towards longer poses of ten, fifteen, twenty and sometimes forty minutes. The short gestural “warm-up” poses are frequently the most dynamic and I always loved the challenge of capturing the essence of what I saw in a few quick marks on the paper. It is my almost forty years of life drawing practice (which is still on-going and will always be part of my art practice) that enabled me to do what I did on the Art of Jazz Tour where I responded to and depicted musicians in action who never stood still for even a moment. On this page I share a selection of drawings created in San Francisco and London.


Carla, 20″ x 25″, 2017


18″ x 24″, 2018


Amber, 18″ x 24″, 2018


Beebe, 18″ x 24″, 2018


Brittany, 18″ x 24″, 2018


18″ x 24″, 2018


18″ x 24″, 2018


Alex – multiple views #1, 22.5″ x 30″, 2018


Alex – multiple views #2, 22.5″ x 30″, 2018


Alex – multiple views #3, 22.5″ x 30″, 2018


Amber in yellow, 22.5″ x 25″, 2018


Amber – 3 minute pose, 12″ x 24″, 2018


Carla, 22″ x 32″, 2017


Inky – 5 minute pose, 12″ x 16″, 2017


Inky – 10 minute pose, 12″ x 16″, 2017


Inky – 5 minute pose, 12″ x 16″, 2017


Inky – 5 minute pose, 12″ x 16″, 2017


Signe – 5 minute pose, 9″ x 12″, 2017


Anna – drawn over the top of watercolor by my mum that she created in the 1970s, 35″ x 24″, 2016


Anna – 3 views, 23.5″ x 16.5″, 2016


Rhonda reclining, 16.5″ x 12.5″, 2016


Prudence on beige, 20″ x 25.5″, 2016


Torso, 19.75″ x 25″, 2016

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