After retiring early from a demanding and sometimes very stressful professional career as a Chartered Surveyor I decided the time was right to fulfill my ambition and concentrate on my art. I have drawn and painted in various mediums since my childhood and this passionate interest in being creative has always been part of my persona.
Principally I am a traditional and contemporary English landscape artist working in oils, pastels and acrylic. I also enjoy observing life and will use pencil, and pen and ink to produce finished drawings and sketches of subjects that capture my interest. Many of these works are based on travel overseas, especially in Mediterranean Europe, India, Central and South America.
Travel the world, but home is always best. Dorset is a very beautiful county, renowned for its World Heritage coastline and unspoilt countryside. It has been my home for nearly 30 years and is the inspiration for most of my work.
I have experimented with watercolour, pastel, acrylic and oil but over the years have acquired a particular passion for the graphic qualities of soft pastel. Now, pastel and also the very different medium of oil remain my two preferred methods of working . I use acrylic to produce preliminary studies for studio paintings and have developed my own style enabling me to capture and replicate the effects and appearance of pastel using special brush techniques.
An artist must never remain static but continue to develop and express feelings for art in different and creative ways. For that reason I constantly push the boundaries beyond my immediate comfort zone. My preference is to remain flexible in outlook and paint in a variety of media choosing the one best suited to convey my feelings for the subject and my creative mood at the time.
I am a full exhibiting member of Bournemouth Arts Club / Southern Contemporaries