I was born in Plymouth, Devon, England in 1963. I am a self taught artist having worked and lived primarily in Cornwall for most of my life.
My profession has always involved the sea having been involved within the diving industry, various Government Agencies and I served as a member of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution crew of the St Ives lifeboat for several years.
My art has been influenced by some great artists including Edward Wesson, John Yardley, Kim Page and Arnold Lowrey. I have also studied the amazing work of John Singer-Sargent and Edward Seago along the way. Like so many painters, I started my painting journey using watercolour as a medium and I still love the freedom and spontaneity it brings. In the last four years, I have started working with other mediums, such as pastel, acrylic and oil.
My love of the Westcountry landscape and the ability to paint en plein air whenever I can enables me to paint without fear of using colour and I specialise in local landscapes and floral subjects. My work varies immensely from traditional to semi-abstract (even abstract occasionally) and I often prefer to mix it up a bit with different media/collage etc to produce my final work.
In March 2015 I held my first solo exhibition at The Terrace in Penzance and since then I have been lucky enough to exhibit at several galleries both locally in West Cornwall, Devon, Oxfordshire, Wales and also in London.
For me painting has become a bit of a labour of love. When I start a painting, although I have an idea in my head, rarely does it turn out as I intended. For every successful painting, there are many failures..
I am determined to continue this obsession with painting for as long as I am able, in order to develop my skills and ability further. I am aware that many of my customers have invested their hard earned cash through purchasing my paintings and I have a real sense of duty to work hard in order to protect their investment in me.
Why did I become an artist? This short clip will explain a bit about why...
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