I create paintings of transport and subjects drawn from an enormous archive of different media, including works from negatives. Bequeathed to me from my grandfather, who was interested in photography, between the wars from his work on the railway.
I use a brush to paint with acryllic on panel or stretched linen. I often use a scraping back effect in my artwork. I use paper, which is from a sustainable source. I usually work on two artworks at a time. I work from elderly archive monochrome negatives and am able to originate an accurate approximation of the colour. I also draw from life. Before creating my artwork I usually prepare a painstakingly detailed drawing. I regularly travel to the house/studio that my wife and I share in Haripal/West Bengal to depict the many idiosyncratic Hindu temples in the vicinity. I also live in a particularly beautiful part of the UK with inspirational views from my house
28th April 1950 Born in Colne, Lancashire
1967 - 1969 Burnley College of Art Foundation
1969 - 1972 Maidstone College of Art, Kent
1972 - 1975 Royal Academy Schools - London
1975 - 1976 Post Graduate Qualification in teaching at John Dalton Manchester Polytechnic
Fred Elwell prize for still life painting, 1973-1974, Royal Academy Schools
Work can be found in private collections in France, West Bengal India, Santa Monica, California and from next year in Sydney, Australia. The french collections are in Verrieres DHaut Buisson and Meung Sur Loire, France.