Based in United Kingdom
Although I have always had an interest in art and occasionally did some sketching, I only began my artistic adventure some 19 years ago utilising my leisure hours outside of my working life. I spent 22 years in the armed forces and then worked in several different capacities until it was time for me to retire, which then gave me more time to spend painting. I have learnt my skills from reading books, watching videos and dvd’s, and attending demonstrations by various professional artists. I have not had any formal tuition other than a couple of workshops over the years. Initially, as most learners do, I started with watercolour, which is in fact the most difficult to use as a beginner, as it can be very unforgiving, mistakes are difficult to rectify. I moved on to using oils and the occasional pastel session, both of which I found more to my liking. After a few years of progression, I became dissatisfied with my work, as I did not seem to be improving very much. Having given the problem some thought, I decided to spend 1 year painting with only one medium, and I chose pastels as I absolutely adore their immediacy and vibrancy. I also enjoy the fact that I can walk away to do other things, and go back to the easel where everything is as it was left, no dried up lumps of oil colour etc, and of course no brushes to clean after each session. At the end of that year, I realised my progress had been way beyond my expectations, and as a result pastels are now my main medium My interest for painting covers most subjects from land and seascapes, through still life, military, and portraits of both people and animals. I do occasionally accept commissions working from very good quality photographs. I have been fortunate to have been represented in a couple of small galleries in the Yorkshire area, and I have fine art paintings hanging bought by collectors in America, Canada and Australia, as well as the UK. I have twice been the winner of the Pastel Guild of Europe monthly competitions, as well as being placed on occasions. I hope that you enjoy viewing my work.