Beautiful patterned decorative architecture has fascinated and excited me for many years - and although I tackle other subjects it is the one theme I constantly return to in my work.
Places produce emotional responses for me and conjure up imagined images, intrigues and legends of the past.
I draw, paint and produce etchings about those places that I feel I have a special affinity with.
Drawing and a fascination with pattern and detail in both the natural and man made world form the basis of the work I produce, and I have a particular love of Moorish Architecture.
I frequently travel abroad to collect source material for the work I produce, and when possible I like to draw on site. I also take many photographs especially of details such as tiles and patterns on buildings.
On my return I use both photographs and drawings to create collages for compositions. These compositions are then transferred to either etching plates or used for watercolours and paintings. Many of the etchings I watercolour after they have been printed,- which is a time consuming process,- but which I feel shows the jewel like quality of the architecture I am interested in.
I work at home on drawings and paintings, and the etchings I produce at Artichoke Print Workshop in Brixton.
The final works are usually a result of an assembly of various images collected from different places and sources.
Born in Gateshead in 1951
Studied - Leicester College of Art, Pre Diploma Course 1969 - 1970.
Chelsea School of Art, Diploma in Art and Design -1970 - 1973.
Brighton, Art Teaching Diploma - 1973 - 1974.
Taught part time in various schools and colleges until 2000.
Elected to membership of The Royal Society of Painter Printmakers in 2001. Served on Council of the society for many years and was Vice President from 2009 - 2013.
Elected to Membership of Royal Society British Artists - 2014.
Royal Society of Painter Printmakers
Prize for Printmaking from The West of England Academy.
Prize for Watercolour from The West of England Academy.
Printmaking prizes from The Bankside Gallery - Members Exhibitions.
Fenton Art Trust Award from Mall Galleries Originals Exhibition.
The Royal Society of British Artists - Alfred Daniels Award.
Has regularly shown work in group and solo shows in this country and abroad, some of which recently include,
The Royal Academy of Arts
The Bankside Gallery
The West of England Academy
The Affordable Art Fair , Battersea
The Orange Tree Gallery, France.