I am a self-taught artist born and based in London.
I had always wanted to paint but focused mostly on sculpture and other crafts until I studied art history. Now, taking inspiration from the old masters, nature, poetry and my imagination I try to create work that is detailed and meaningful and also has a dialogue with the past. My work is mainly figurative and influenced by Realism and Japanese art but with a contemporary sensibility.
My style is detailed and labour-intensive so I take a long time to consider my compositions and each painting can take an average of one to three months to complete.
I am the winner of the Emerson Award for Young Woman Artist (2021) and the Holly Bush Emerging Woman Painter Prize People's Vote (2021).
'I had never commissioned a painting before, and had no idea what a pleasure the entire process would be. As the ideas developed, Isobel was meticulous in keeping me up to date with progress reports, sending samples of the gold leaf, and so on, and I really appreciated that.
It is a painting of delicate beauty that now hangs in the living-room, where everyone can appreciate the glowing burnished golds and silvers and the flapping and whooshing of the cranes’ wings. You can almost hear the whisper of their tiny feathers, and the gentle splashes as they land and take off. The fine details on the birds are as pleasing as the stretches of golden sky, and the huge silver moon floating calmly above it. I know there were some technical challenges and new techniques for her to master, but she rose admirably to the challenge.
Isobel has produced a work with a beautiful serenity about it - that's such a gift to be able to transmit in painting. I hope the whole process was as enjoyable for her as it was for me.'
- Teresa S
'Isobel was meticulous in her attention to detail and produced a beautiful piece. It now sits pride of place in our hallway!'
- Charlotte Robbins
'Isobel's exquisite pen and ink drawings exceeded all expectation. From consultation and design to the finished product she was a dream to work with, and we will forever cherish our something on paper!'
- Dr H