For as long as I can remember I have loved painting and scribbling. I set up my art studio in 2003 after graduating from Edinburgh College of Art with a 1st Class Honours Degree in Drawing and Painting. I remained in Edinburgh, a city that I love, focusing on my art and exhibiting in Galleries throughout the UK. I became well known for my postcard size smoky images of the female nude, which stemmed from a love of 19th Century nude photography and an admiration for the old masters such as Caravaggio and Rubens. Art critics have described my nudes as being ‘ reminiscent of Degas and those Victorian photographs of women accidentally glimpsed in domestic surroundings’. I have won several large awards for these paintings and in 2006 I became runner up at the prestigious Lynn Painter Stainer prize at Painters Hall in London for the series of nudes below . This award aims to promote the art of figurative painting and skill of draughtsmanship and attracts over 800 entries.