Having worked as a labourer in the construction industry for a number of years and feeling increasingly unfulfilled, I felt a change of direction was needed. I made the decision to take advantage of my lifelong interest in Art. After completing a 2-year fine art course, preceded by a one-year foundation course at New College Nottingham (NCN). The natural progression was to go on to study a further 3 years at Nottingham Trent University, resulting in a Fine Arts Degree.
I’m a realist painter, working mostly with oils and acrylic. I find inspiration in many subjects but concentrate mainly on the figurative, particularly portraiture including animals. Working primarily from photographs, I employ careful observation and painting skills to develop an image that has a strong and believable resemblance to my subject, always striving to reconstruct the relationships of colour, tone and form and space to create a vivid image that is engaging. I find this process totally absorbing and satisfying.
My work is my passion. Painting is about visual intimacy. It is tasting the world with my eyes. It is studying, exploring, analysing, and experiencing nature; connecting my eyes, my intellect and my emotions. Realist painting, for me, is the process of immersion that involves contemplation, exhilaration, frustration, deliberation and spontaneity. It is a dynamic interaction: inventive, no formulas, pushing the limits of my skill and creativity in a tenacious quest for elusive truth. It is about discovery. It is about connecting to Life.