Born in Yorkshire I have spent my adult life in Cheshire, Anglesey, York and Rutland, developing my career in two areas, sales and marketing but also and mainly in the Hotel and Restaurant business. Divorced with two grown up and flown the nest children Sarah and Matthew, I have lived with my special lady Linda in Rutland for the last 11 years. Self taught with ever changing styles, I believe that watercolour is arguably the least forgiving medium to paint in, but despite that it suits and probably enhances my style. Which has been described as sometimes loose and impressionistic, sometimes whimsical and witty in a simple naive almost childlike perspective, but always full of strong, warm and vibrant colours. "When it comes to detail, I don't have the patience which in many ways is a benefit as it is the fiddling at the end which can destroy a painting (this happens on occasions, thanks to Linda for telling me when to stop)".
The other distinctive feature of my paintings is the use of colour. I use much stronger and warmer tones than many other artists and employ a mixture of washes and direct application. I particularly enjoy using the warm and vibrant colours found especially in the Mediterranean areas i.e. rich earth tones, reds and golds, terracotta's of the buildings and landscapes, and the deep and alluring azure blues of the sea.
I have sold my paintings from exhibitions at Rutland County Museum, Victoria Hall Oakham, Rural Training Centre Owston, WVAS Annual Exhibitions Stamford Arts Centre, and various locations and galleries in Rutland, Leicestershire, Yorkshire, Essex and Wales.
Images I create are not a true photographic facsimile but my interpretation of the landscape. I try and capture the essence, ambiance and the spirit of the place and people I choose to paint. For my industrial paintings I take inspiration from my northern roots and my childhood days spent in Yorkshire, which also prompts me to paint the villages and market towns of the dales.
One topic I paint is the fishing villages and coastal towns around the UK, especially Devon, Cornwall, Yorkshire, Suffolk, Norfolk and Wales. My love for the sea comes from the 20 years I lived on Anglesey and the memories have prompted several paintings. Also the images of the places I have visited on my travels have prompted several paintings.
The industrial scenes of the north I paint, i.e. mill towns, collieries, mines, woollen and cotton mills, market towns in the dales, are I consider part of our heritage. In today's technological modern world of Mobile Phones, Internet, DVD's, Bluetooth, Jet travel, etc, etc, those scenes from a past age are becoming a lost and forgotten memory to today's generation. I hope that I am reminding and rekindling memories (with all due respect) of the dirt and grime, the filthy cramped and sometimes horrific living and working conditions that the people had to endure not that long ago. But I hope that I also express the humour that the conditions and life styles nurtured, cultivated and which manifested itself in so many different styles.
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