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Acrylic on canvas

2015

10" x 10"

Private commission
Manchester

Madame Guillotine

Inspired by the nickname for the infamous killing machine of the French Revolution, Madame Guillotine is one of my Savage Sisters duo. This piece is a mixture of stitching, applique and acrylic paint.

10 x 7 inches

SOLD

Lady Gunpowder

Lady Gunpowder was a romantic moniker given to the explosive killer during the 1600's. This piece is one of my Savage Sisters duo and includes embroidery, applique and acrylic paint.

10 x 7 inches

SOLD

Jackie

Acrylic on canvas
2012

10" x 12"

See this limited edition print at Top Bunk!

This piece is inspired by my many hours studying the 1970's Jackie Annuals I was given as a child. They were from a bygone era even when I was a kid but I used to love reading them from cover to cover; taking in the problem pages, and fashion tips, loving the picture stories with their super glam illustrations.

'Jackie' is a painting I created remembering those 70's style hints and Bay City Rollers posters mixed with the awkward feelings of first love and trying to fit in. Being not quite completely formed as a person but doing your damnedest to stand out while not standing out too much. For me, this painting is a girl waiting to be noticed, standing in a field on a Saturday morning watching the boys play football, while her new heels sink futher and further into the mud.

Learn The Ropes

Acrylic on canvas board
2013

8" x 10"

Private commission
SOLD

Jubilee Cheescake

To celebrate the Diamond Jubilee I painted this commemorative piece. Inspired by Queen Elizabeth at the time of her coronation and another event from 1953, visit my blog to find out what it was...

Fiona

Acrylic on canvas
2012

12" x16"

SOLD

Private commission
Manchester

Noel Toy

Acrylic and metal leaf on canvas
2011

30 x 24 inches

Noel Toy was America's most successful Chinese/American burlesque performer in the 1940's

A real character, she managed to break down stereotypes about submissive females especially Chinese females in a time of repressive ideals.

Jeanine the Pirate

Embroidery, applique and acrylic paint
2011

7.5 x 5.5 "

SOLD

Jeanine the Pirate is a no nonsense gal; not only does she captain her own ship and crew she always finds time to set her hair and apply the blush! After losing her eye in a fierce battle on the Philippine Sea, she cuts a cool figure with her eyepatch and black flowing mane.

Inspired by the Taiwanese model Jeanine Chin Hsi, this work is a mixture applique, acrylic paint and embroidery on canvas in sailor tattoo style.

Scarlett J

Embroidery, applique and acrylic paint
2011

7.5 x 5.5

SOLD

Inspired by the pillow lipped siren that is Scarlett Johannson this embroidery shows an etherial Scarlett J swathed in leopard print and haloed in gold, perhaps encountering a moment of sultry nivarna.

Taking a cue from tattoo styles and church icons this embroidery has been made with applique and acrylic paint on canvas.

Suzie Sequin

Ink and watercolour on paper.
2010

Private commission

Caricature for burlesque performer Suzie Sequin, used in t.shirt design and modelled by the lady herself!

Self portrait

Watercolours and ink
2011

Scarlet Fever

Acrylic on canvas.
2008

30" x 40"

Portrait of Channel Four's 'Faking It' star, Miss Scarlet Fever.
To find out more about this painting project and it's big unveiling see the events section

Why Scarlet Fever?

When the Faking It Burlesque Christmas Special was aired on Channel Four in 2006 it had a far bigger impact than could ever have been imagined.
The story of how the self conscious dowdy cleaner Sharon Pallister was transformed into the confident sassy burlesque performer Scarlet Fever touched the imagination and hearts of the nation.

Over four weeks Sharon was introduced to burlesque for the first time, trained by top burlesque stars Immodesty Blaize and Dita Von Teese, and challenged to fake it as a fully fledged burlesque performer alongside other performers in front of a panel of judges.
She achieved the faking it and more.

The programme's airing came at a time when a wave of Neo Burlesque had begun to sweep the country and people were beginning to witness a rebirth of classic old school entertainment. This fact, paired with Sharon's literal rebirth into a new life was the catalyst that triggered a multitude of burlesque classes in towns and cities everywhere.
It was now proved that the art of burlesque could be taken up by anyone; color size and shape was irrelevant and low self esteem could be tackled by facing ones demons and showing off the best of what you had.
The moment Sharon decided to show off the scars on her stomach she had until then kept hidden and couldn't even bring herself to touch, she became Scarlet.

In this way, Scarlet Fever became a symbol of female empowerment through showmanship, and the perfect subject to show how burlesque has grown into a modern form of feminism.

I decided to paint Scarlet Fever in all her glory with scars on show and as the Queen of Hearts to symbolise the impact her story has had to modern day burlesque.

Rouge Rum

Pen and ink and Photoshop.
2008

Private commission

Rouge Rum burlesque act

Madame Ant

Pen and ink and Photoshop.
2008

Private commission

Liv

Acrylic on canvas and gold leaf effect.
2008

30cm x 30 cm

SOLD

Private commission
Manchester

Scarlet Fever

Pen and ink and Photoshop.
2008

Private commission

The Chantilly Belles

Pen and ink and Photoshop.
2007

Caricature for burlesque double act The Chantilly Belles

Cherry Marlene

Acrylic on canvas.
2007

21" x 35"

Painting for the Ooh La La Exhibition

Lady Luck

Acrylic on canvas.
2007

30cm x 30cm

SOLD

Private commission
Australia

American Curl

Acrylic on canvas.
2006

16" x 20"

SOLD

Private commission
London

Miss Chambers

Acrylic on canvas.
2005

35" x 50"

SOLD

Private commission
Manchester

Prints available

The Life Of Riley

Acrylic on canvas.
2005

40cm x 40cm

SOLD

Private collection
Southampton

Abbe

Acrylic on canvas.
2005

30" x 45"

SOLD

Private commission
Cheshire

I Do It In High Heels And Backwards

Acrylic on canvas.
2004

35" x 35"

SOLD

Private commission
Manchester

Tiger Lounge flyer

Crayon and poster paint on card.
2002