Updated: Jan 23
For those of you who have followed @thepaintclub.uk for a while you probably already know a bit about John & me. For those who haven’t ‘met’ us before here’s a little intro.
We set up @thepaintclub.uk in Dec 2015, we’ve just had our 4 year business anniversary! It started off as a bit of fun in a great little place in Eton @theetonmess. Within a few months it was selling out and we had requests for more so we took on a few new venues, a couple of artists...the rest as they say is history!
John & I met at Loughborough University back in 2007. He did art, I did design. We moved in together in 2009 and started dreaming up business ideas! After graduating I worked in design for a bit and John moved into marketing.
We’ve always loved a project and make a pretty good team, so working together is easy.
We set up The Paint Club when we lived in Windsor. Since then we have moved down to Sussex and live just outside of the historic town, Lewes. I grew up round here so it felt good to move back.
John is a very talented artist, I might be a bit biased. This is his website if you're interested. He has exhibited at galleries like Saatchi, The Mall Galleries and The Royal Academy. He’s won a few rather prestigious awards including Lynn Painter Stainer's Young Artist Award. He works in marketing and has worked with a number of brilliant companies over the years.
I love design, but I’ve spent most of my career managing people, projects or events. I’ve also worked for some amazing businesses across many different industries. I now work full time running The Paint Club and The Colt Bar, and feel lucky that I'm able to use the skills I learnt as a people manager and event planner every day.
We both enjoy keeping fit. John cycles and runs, we did the 312 in Mallorca together last year. John is now training for his next challenge. I don't cycle much anymore as I prefer weight training and walking. We both love travelling and can’t wait to safely explore the world again.
We have the same favourite colour, blue. We both wear a lot of black. People tell John he looks like Cillian Murphy, who we named, Murphy, our miniature dachshund after. I get told I look like really random people so lets not go there. We are pretty good at reading the other person’s mind so are good at games like charades, and probably spend a lot of our time communicating in single words or gestures as we can usually guess what the other is about to say.
We have a gorgeous little boy and have become even more driven since he was born. We like to create and dream big, and we hope that he will learn from this and aspire to be or do something great one day. When we have ideas we usually test them out as soon as we can, and often just go for it. This is the reason we now have a vintage Peugeot J7 horsebox parked up on our drive waiting to be turned into a cocktail bar @thecoltbar .
I recently trained as a mixologist, and can't wait to get some cocktail making practise in over Christmas when we have a bit more time to relax.
We try not to take life to seriously and we genuinely love putting the hours in the keep The Paint Club going.
So, that’s us in a nut shell.