This work focuses on embracing the uniqueness of individuals with unusual facial pigmentation. As I see it, a fair world is one in which all people - irrespective of race, social class, or disability - can have a positive self-concept. Self-concept revolves around the face, as it is the primary means by which humans recognize and interact with each other. Vitiligo is a rare autoimmune skin condition that manifests uniquely in each individual. Having vitiligo myself, I see it first-hand. It has never defined me but it is part of me. Back in 2014, I was inspired by model Winnie Harlow who gained prominence as a contestant on the U.S. television series ‘America’s Next Top Model’. I was struck by how she had chosen to embrace her vitiligo and use it to her advantage rather than conforming to the expectation that she should either camouflage or shy away from society and accept restricted access to social rôles. I view the subjects of these paintings as shining rôle models for people with unique facial features. They are breaking down barriers and, in so doing, are paving the way for others to follow. My aim is to destigmatize vitiligo and to promote those unique individuals for whom it is part of daily life.
I am a London-based Portrait Artist and Digital Designer with skills in both hand-painted and digital portraiture. I graduated from UAL Central Saint Martins in 2021 with a Foundation Diploma in Fine Art and a BA Degree in Graphic Communication Design. The tuition I received allows me to fuse experience in traditional painting with that in modern graphic design resulting in photorealistic 2D digital portraiture using ‘ProCreate’ software. I am currently working for a Digital Marketing Agency as a Digital Designer based in The Shard, London. I have been marketing my artwork through an Art Agency based in Manhattan, NYC.
I particularly enjoy capturing the hidden strata of the human face, both physical and emotional. My work experience in medical illustration coupled with tuition in life drawing has fuelled my interest in the human form. Instruction on facial anatomy has provided me with an appreciation of how structures that lie beneath the skin manifest externally. I like to make full use of posture, expression, scale, negative space, and semiotics to allow faces to direct narratives.
Over the past two years, my work has been selected for display at numerous national and international exhibitions. A self-portrait depicting the negative impact of mask-wearing on self-image and identity was displayed on large scale on the façade of FLANNELS of Oxford street during the pandemic. Followed by the World Trade Centre, Westfields, NYC empowering a woman with unique skin pigmentation, also known as vitiligo. I’ve also exhibited at the London Art Biennale and at Haifa, Israel. My depiction of the plight of homeless military veterans featured in the ‘Sacrifice’ exhibition hosted by MADS Galleries simultaneously in Milan and Fuerteventura. I have been featured as an artist in two Art Magazines, one based in Japan and another in Germany.