She Walks Among Us

A painting of a pregnant woman with the words 'She Walks Among Us' across the top

She Walks Among Us

I made this painting a long time ago, from a quick outline doodle I’d drawn of someone I saw in the street. I used to display it at the Kew Studio, in the staircase gallery, where the staff at the nursery on the ground floor would turn it round to face the wall.

Presumably they thought it was too much for the small children to bear seeing, but I was quite surprised by their reaction. Obviously it was really the women themselves who were upset: I can’t see how a two- or three-year-old would even notice it or be in the least bit offended or traumatised by this very plain silhouetted figure.

This painting was also listed on ebay as part of my studio clear-out earlier this year, but it was one of the few that wouldn’t sell, despite being listed repeatedly. So there she sat in the ‘what to do with these’ box for another few months.

At that stage she didn’t have a halo or any words, but after becoming pregnant for the first time this year I have become more interested in art relating to pregnancy and birth. This has led to an exploration of various ancient and modern iconic images and figures of pregnant and birthing women, and this painting seemed to me to be part of this tradition. I felt as though I had already seen the birth goddess without realising it, so I wanted to bring her into my icon collection.

The addition of Rhine Gold dust from the Greenshop, applied to a coating of size, has turned her into the goddess she clearly always was.


First Large Self Portrait

large oil painting

First Large Self Portrait

This painting has been in development for some time, beginning when I was under the tuition of Henry Ward last year.

Recently finished and sold, this is the first in what is intended to become a series of five self portraits based on different mythologies.

Having just moved in to a new studio in Stroud, Gloucestershire I plan to start work on the next one very soon.

Mia Nearly

Mia is nearly ready. The shirt is the wrong colour, Im just not sure yet what is the right colour. Her father likes the painting this time. The first one was no good and had to be destroyed. I kept the dried paint in a little jar so I can make conceptual art about it later. “A portrait of Mia” and so on. Mia Nearly - A portrait in oils