Born in Manchester, England in 1936, I had never painted seriously until 2002, when I began to dabble with acrylics. Loved them! Two years later, in 2004, I emerged onto the British art scene with a series of representational and semi-abstract acrylic works based on places that I had visited during a lifetime of travel and passion for art.
It was the beginning of a meteoric artistic career. Within a month of my first exhibition at the North Norfolk Art Centre in April, 2004, I was selected as a finalist in the prestigious British nationwide EAC Art Awards. My original acrylic paintings were later hung at The Business Design Centre in London.
In June 2004, I exhibited at Summers Art Loft in my hometown in Dorking, Surrey and twoyear later, in 2006, I was once again selected as a finalist in the British EAC Art Awards and my art was hung in the Mall Galleries in London.
Shortly afterwards, in September 2006, I held a very near sell-out solo exhibition at Gallery 47, opposite the British Museum in Bloomsbury , London. This was so successful that I was also asked to hang my original paintings in a new VIP Lounge at London Heathrow Airport . My next solo exhibition, in September 2007 was another major success, this time at the prestigious Leatherhead Theatre in Surrey, UK, at which I exhibited 60+ original acrylic paintings.
In 2008, my work was once again a finalist in the national EAC Art Awards and exhibited at the renowned Bankside Gallery on London's South Bank. I also exhibited at The Blue Door Gallery near London Bridge in London and, in 2009, at the influential Contemporary Fine Arts gallery, The Lloyd Gill Gallery, in Weston-super-Mare, UK.
In December, 2009, my painting ""Gaza" was selected by the arts media company, New Art Originals.com to be displayed electronically on a 20ft x 10ft billboard in London.
My dilemma after “Gaza” was where to go next. I was not happy with some of the paintings I had created and had become increasingly interested in Realism and Hyperealism.
I was inspired by painters like Brian La Saga, a Canadian artist who specializes in Nature but I also admire such hyperrealistic artists as J.F.Clauzel, Michael Sass, Conrad Mieschke and William Hagerman, Joe Hush, the New Zealand artist Graham Sydney and Anna Kostenko and the young Serbian painter Veljko Djurjevic , whose paintings of mountains and forests are sublime.
So I decided to concentrate on painting Nature in a bid to capture the stillness, beauty, peace and tranquility that I believe we all need in this hectic world.
One of my first paintings in this new style, Pebbles at Magdalena Bay, was chosen as a finalist in the national British EAC Art Awards competition. 1400 paintings from 500 artists were entered and 100 paintings were selected for exhibition at the Royabl Birmingham Society of Artists in May 2011.
Today, my work begins when something catches my eye and I reach for my camera. I then concentrate on the composition, perspective, balance and colour. Next I print the image and transfer the basic outlines to a canvas or panel using a grid system.
I tend not to paint the orthodox way and lay down an under-painting. Instead I work from top left to bottom right of the painting, first laying down the basic colours of small sections, then gradually painting in the details. At this stage, I am happy to change any element of the reference photograph, perhaps re-shaping or moving rocks to enhance the composition or adding reeds and undergrowth. Additionally, it is by either saturating or changing the colours and using my own unique methods for detailing that I am able to make the painting ‘my own’; so, whereas you may initially see a broad landscape that looks like a photograph, the detailing, depth and perspective depict not only the beauty and grandeur of Nature, but also the tiny aspects of Nature that normally we do not notice - the unique patterns and colours of rocks and the variety of colours in mosses and lichens, for example.
People say that my distinctive style of painting, intense palette and ability to evoke depth, space and spirituality bring a vibrant, magical touch to my original paintings, thus vividly expressing the deeper, eternal essence of Nature and giving them 'soul'.
My subject matter is based almost entirely on a lifetime of travel and my work now hangs in private collections in the UK, Norway, Sweden, Germany, Italy, the United States and New Zealand to name just a few.
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