Welcome to my Website. I have enjoyed drawing and painting over a number of years but very intermittently because of a busy work schedule. In July 2016 I retired and this has given me the opportunity to be more focused and to develop my own learning and practice and, finally – call myself an artist.
I tend to see myself as a figurative painter and as inviting reflection on the everyday situations. In 2020 I have been learning to paint in oils and have found this really fulfilling. I also work in watercolours, acrylics and inks I enjoy experimenting with different subjects and media.
I am self-taught and love attending study days or workshops. I am grateful , for example, for all I have learned from – life classes in Bakewell with Diane Kettle, online courses with Tara Leaver , day/evening life-study events with Life Drawing Plus Manchester, Life Drawing Manchester and Liverpool Independent Art School . This summer I have undertaken the Create Anyway Collective programme with David Limrite and Jordan Blaquera which I have found so rewarding An online exhibition featuring all the artists on the CAC programme may be found here …tbc.
I love visiting galleries and exhibitions (preferably reading about and studying art, particularly artists and movements in the twentieth century. I am currently studying British Figurative Art in the 1940s and 1950s online with the Liverpool University Centre for Lifelong Learning, Among my favourite artists are – Artemisia Gentileschi, Paula Modersohn-Becker, Egon Schiele, Emil Nolde, Käthe Kollwitz, Frank Auerbach, Joan Eardley, Jean-Michel Basquiat, , David Park, Maggi Hambling, Richard Diebenkorn, Chris Ofili, Marlene Dumas, Lubaina Himid, Chantal Joffe, Jennifer Pochinski and my good friend Ghislaine Howard,
I am married to Helen and we live near Crewe, Cheshire. We have five adult children and seven grandchildren who live in different parts of UK and Dublin. I enjoy spending time with my grandchildren aged from 2 – 12 yrs and from whom I learn lots about drawing and painting and other crafty activities.
“Each new piece of your art enlarges our reality. The world is not yet done.”David Bayless & Ted Orland “Art & Fear”
Thanks Helen, comment much appreciated
A brilliant exhibition. Look forward to seeing more paintings soon.