~ The Artist
I am my own biographer
in the 1st person, I feel it would be pretentious to write a
glowing tribute about myself, by myself,in the hope of bolstering
credence for my work. No, what you see is what you get, the work
is either good or it's bad, and no amount of words will change
that. If you like my art youll buy it because, you like
it, it lifts your spirit, and you want to decorate your home
So where does this
art come from? Well not any formal training; in my youth my parents
guided my educational path, despite my leaning to creativity,
away from the arts, favouring science and other such academic
subjects they felt more suited to obtaining a proper Job.
In the decade after WW2 there was not much call for the arts.
Despite that the creative
talent placed within me has sought ways of expression, and over
the years I have been a Builder, a Carpenter, an Antiques Restorer,
I have made furniture for friends, built studios for other artists
and designed and built Traditional Oak timber framed buildings
for clients. Never been a Scientist though.
Finally in 1998 after
the gift of some oil paints and brushes from my wife at Christmas,
I found the true medium of expression that my spirit craved and
began painting recreationally. I had never painted in oils before
nor had any technical training so it was a steep learning curve.
However after many trials and even many more errors I finally
began to get the hang of it.
After the downturn
of the construction industry in 2008/2009, I decided to turn
my hand to fine art professionally.
I work from a studio
at the end of my garden overlooking the ancient Ridgeway a medieval
drovers track in the heart of the Oxfordshire Countryside.
I really love painting
and the hours just melt away when Im in my studio with
my best friend to keep me company,
all the paraphernalia and materials that make up a professional
studio, I especially love the smell of the oil paints and turpentine.
Coming from three generations
of sea faring family and living on the South West coast of England
for most of my formative years spawned a fascination with all
things maritime, especially classic sailing vessels. I have had
the good fortune to sail on a few of these vessels for brief
occasions from time to time.It is a unique experience to sail
under the power of the wind with the sting of salt spray, the
billow and crack of canvass sail, and the creaking of hemp rope
through the eyes and blocks, the timber deck and hull rolling
and pitching under foot. As I am painting these beautiful vessels
I can relive, to an extent, the sight sounds and sensation of
sea faring in its glory days.
Another great influence
in my life has been the African continent with relatives living
in Rhodesia, Mozambique and South Africa I had the opportunity
in my early teens to make my first trip there. Once youve
been you never want to stop going. There is something intoxicating
about the rich sounds, smells, colours and cultural diversity
that infiltrate your very essence. The most inspiring of all
is the wild life and big game seen in their natural habitat.
My wife and our three children had the great fortune of living
in Cape Town for ten years, and at the time as a light aircraft
pilot I had the opportunity to see the terrain and the raw unadulterated
beauty of one of the most awe inspiring coast lines in the world
from a birds eye perspective.
serendipitous gift of art materials those years ago combined
with the wonderful life experiences I have had, has led me to
discover a talent placed in me by my Father God which has allowed
me to express that talent in ways that bring pleasure to others
and in some part glorifies His majestic creation. How could I
not want to paint with these influences resonating in my core?
we know that all things work together for good to them that love
God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. (Romans
Wantage and Vale
Museum and Gallery
solo exhibition .......................................2006
Studio exhibition ..............2007
Artweek festival Studio
mixed exhibition .....................................2007
Exhibition, Chelsea Town Hall,
Kings Road, London...............................2009
May 7th 15th.....................................2011
Landmark Art Fairs
Midsummer Art Fair 2011
Private View: Friday 24 June 2011
Open to the public: Saturday 25Sunday 26 June 2011
Wildlife Art Society (MIWAS)
13th Annual Wildlife Art Exhibition
Thursday 25th - Monday 29th August 2011