I went to the Central School of Art and Design in the late 60s but subsequently followed an alternative career path as an information professional, returning to art full time in 2008. In the last few years my work has appeared in various exhibitions at the Mall and Bankside galleries, including the Discerning Eye, the Sunday Times Watercolour Competition and the annual exhibitions of the New English Art Club, the Royal Society of British Artists, the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours and the Royal Watercolour Society, as well as the Chichester Open.
In 2014 The Stade, Hastings became the first painting to receive the new John Purcell Prize at the annual exhibition of the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours.
I work primarily in acrylics and digital media. My limited edition prints are produced from digitally created images, generally using vector graphics, and printed with archival inks on heavyweight acid-free fine art paper. They are original works of art, each copy signed and numbered. They are not reproductions of paintings.
Sources and inspirationMy work tends to focus on the landscapes, seascapes and architecture of Kent, Sussex and London, typically locations where the natural and man-made intersect. Water, shadows and reflections are enduring interests, together with the complexities and eccentricities of perspective.
But I have drawn regularly from the life model for 30 years and figure pieces form a parallel strand in my work.
In my compositions I seek a synthesis of strong two-dimensional design with a heightened rendering of space and form. Pictures typically emerge from a lengthy and painstaking process aimed at distilling or abstracting the essence of a subject in line, shape and colour.
My influences include many British and American painters and print-makers of the mid-20th century – artists like Eric Ravilious and Edward Bawden in the UK and Charles Sheeler and Grant Wood in the US – as well as David Hockney and the incidental landscapes of the early Italian Renaissance.