Images of dereliction are one of my prime sources of inspiration and much of my work is based on the remains of World War II defences along the East Anglian coastline. Decaying shapes formed into stark compositions enables me to convey the mood of the landscape. By contrast, in my work based on fetes, parties and summer activities, I use exuberant colour to convey a sense of joie de vivre.
I always paint using oil on canvas with the use of brushes and rags. I paint by creating flat, even areas of colour and hard edges. I usually work on eight to 10 paintings at once because of drying glaze layers. I work from both sketches and photographs (that I myself have taken). It takes me about three or four months to finish works of art that have been commissioned.
1945 Born on 7 June in Derbyshire
Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, President of the Mansfield Society of Artists
Royal Society of British Artists Annual Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London
Royal Institute of Oil Painters Annual Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London
Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London
Nottinghamshire Library Service
Heiligenhaus Civil Collection
University of Nottingham