From leaving school in the 60's I have always painted or drawn. I think not going to art college was for me the best route, as over the years and career changes, from advertising agencies to Restaurateur and Night Club owner I have always found the time to keep painting, exploring and developing my own style. Changing them with my own lifestyle, from the very precise skills needed as an airbrush artist and illustrator to the strong brush stokes and bold colours of my latest New Forest landscapes. I am now lucky enough to make a living as an artist, painting mainly contemporary landscapes of the New Forest or the Dorset Coast.
Now Living in the Forest my passion for painting the landscape has rekindled, rejuvenated and has if possible increased year on year. I tend to work out on site to capture the immediacy of the moment with pastels and watercolour and then using those sketches either finish them back in the studio or use them as reference for larger canvases in oil or Acrylic. Although working in the moment I try to capture more than a snapshot I want to FEEL the landscape.
Awards, Collections & Commissions
Paintings in Lord Montagu's collection
Hampshire CC department of Interior Design: a series of 'bright' landscapes
NHS Salisbury Hospital - A series of New Forest Landscapes
A series of large canvases for the de Sigleys collection
Art and design labels for Red, White and Sparkling wines (Hoplands Estate)
Multi award winning designs for the Gifford calender (national business calender awards)
Overall winner of the Artcare Open Exhibition
A double prize winner at St Barbe open exhibition
Selected for the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition
Voted one of the top 50 UK artists in the National 50 over 50 exhibition (fifty UK artists over the age of 50 )