The Jig of Life
Inspired by the marriage of our daughter, the image represents the precariousness of all relationships and life
This is an interpreted scene from early one morning when I startled the horse that was hoping I may be its owner. The juxtaposition of the open gateway leading to the sunrise, with the gate securing the horse struck me.
Eternal Child of Light
The child symbolising potential and the rightful expectation of receiving and giving unconditional love
Henley on Thames
An example of my commission work. I undertake commissions for gifts, presentations and illustrations for brochures and websites
Bay horse portrait
An example of my equine portraiture undertaken to commission for clients seeking a memento of a favourite mount.
Green Man sleeping
I am inspired by legends and myths. I have not seen another sleeping green man, but nature rests so why shouldn't he?
Sleeping with dragons
This is one of a series of paintings that accompany an illustrated shortstory I have written called Travelling Man
I have been passionate about painting all my life. I have not pursued the traditional art school route to becoming a professional artist, it was not something encouraged at school. Instead whilst continuing a 20 year career as a Chartered Surveyor I pursued studies and practice throughout my life and received coaching from a number of highly successful contemporary watercolour artists. I think this has given my work a fresh and original personal style.
Having formerly worked and exhibited in Buckinghamshire my family and I moved to Devon in 2005 to pursue a rural lifestyle and in early 2009, at the age of 44, we took a bold decision for me to commence painting full time as I felt I couldn’t waste any longer a gift I have been given and always frustrated at not being able to pursue. I work from my home studio near Uplowman, Devon.
I am lucky to receive regular commission work for portraits, scenes and illustrations and am now featured in galleries around the South West. I had my first solo exhibition of all original works running at a Gallery in Somerset in April 2009. Since then I have exhibited in many galleries and at local fairs and town shows. I sell original works, prints and greetings cards.
In response to many queriesin October 2010 I commenced holding painting courses around my local area in Mid Devon and am delighted that to date nearly 100 students have attended.
My paintings are inspired by land, love and legend. Sometimes my paintings reflect my sense of humour, more often as my patient wife Caroline knows only too well, an image comes into my head and I just have to paint it or it rattles around until I do. I use traditional and modern pigments in an intensity that requires a very heavy weight paper. This technique is seldom seen in watercolour painting and gives my original paintings their unique character and striking colours.