Based in United Kingdom
Based in the Midlands Area I studied Fine Art at Coventry University in the 1990's, attaining my degree. Afterwards qualifying to teach and teaching Life Drawing Skills to Foundation level students and other accredited Course Work. I now paint full time.
I paint in an Abstract Expressionist style, painting not what I see of the visible world, but how I feel it to be. It is not a literal description of a place, but a feeling of a place and how one is effected by that evnironment. My inspiration comes from the landscape, skyscape, seascape, music that I listen to classical, blues, jazz or colours that I see in every day life. I like to work on a large scale when possible, as this gives me more freedom of movement and allows me to be experimental. My preferred medium is oil on canvas or paper or mixed media. 'The paintings are allowed to happen to come into being'.
Artists who inspire me, Willem de Kooning for the fluidity of the paint, and the power of the brushstrokes. Mark Rothko for his colours that enfold you in a vast smothering embrace. Franz Kline - his paintings 'elbow' their way through the room in which they are hung. Rembrandt for his deep understanding of how to paint flesh, especially knees! Van Gogh for caring so much! and J.MW.Turner for his magical light in the landscape.Quotes that stay with me 'A finished painting is - or should be - a reminder of what not to do again' Elaine de Kooning. 'A painting without black, is like food without salt' Elaine de Kooning. There are many great artists and quotes that I could mention, but just to say that I am always' looking back 'and their great art inspires me to continue with this great passion of painting. Thank you for looking at my work.
Exhibited at Temple Gallery Birmingham, Exhib., at Knapp Gallery Regents Park London, invited to Exhib., at Florence Biennale, Gallery representation in New York 2011.Exhibiting at the Parallax Art Fair Pall Mall, London October 2011. Exhib., work at Hugh Angle Gallery Stow-on-the-Wold Gloucs., Exhib., work at Affordable Artfair Bristol May 2012 AAFair Hampstead Heath 2013 Grand Design Show London 2013 TBC 2014