Based in United Kingdom
Hello from my studio here on the Suffolk coast and thank you for taking an interest in me and my art. In my gallery you'll find work created from a broad spectrum of media including graphite pencil, coloured pencil, charcoal and pastel. However I am best known and respected as a watercolourist.
My wide portfolio of subject matter includes traditional landscape, seascape, wildlife, pets, portraiture and highly detailed illustration, even some still life.
I've been and still am influenced by many predominantly unknown contemporary artists, people who have perfected certain techniques and styles of work which are instantly recognisable as their own. I have worked hard to learn these technical skills, experimenting and developing methods a little further to produce my own style. First and foremost though, I try to portray emotions and inject a spiritual atmosphere into my work which may take the viewer to another place, far beyond that of a reference photograph or straight hyper-realism.
Hornimans Tea Painting competition.
My greatest achievement to-date. If you type 'Hornimans Tea Painting Competition' into your search engine, a chapter of my autobiography 'Blood, Sweat and Beer' may come up which will explain in greater detail this momentous event in my young life. Suffice to say I won a book token worth 25 shillings (people under 50 may need to Google that) which was about equivalent to a day's pay for my father at the time. From that day I considered myself an artist. I bought a big fat wildlife encyclopedia with my token which further influenced the direction of my fledgling career. There were other minor awards after that, but few worthy of note. As a serving soldier I did receive a prize for a caricature I created of the regimental sergeant major. For that I was awarded three days in the guardhouse for insubordination.