I was born in Penzance, a small town in Cornwall on the very south-west tip of England. My childhood was one of simple pleasures - heavily influenced by the sea and coast; lying on beaches, climbing over rocks to reach the deepest rock pool or deserted cove - it isn’t hard to imagine why I wanted to be an artist, after all the natural beauty of the area and it’s wildlife had inspired countless artists over the years.
In 1991 I graduated from Falmouth School of Art & Design with a Higher Diploma in Illustration - a qualification gained after completing a Diploma in Technical Illustration. All the tutors were successful freelance artists in their own right and four years under their wing had given me an invaluable grounding in all aspects of drawing and painting. During my final year I had work exhibited in galleries in London and won second place in the 1990 Readers Digest Young Illustrators’ Competition - an annual nationwide event open to all full-time students and artists in their first year as professionals. Proud of my success I threw myself into painting, selling work regularly at local galleries.
After leaving art college I freelanced as a book illustrator until 1994 when I started work as a graphic designer - a career that has so far taken me to Hampshire, Somerset, Lincolnshire and, for 10 years, the stunning Moray Firth in north-east Scotland. While in Scotland I sold work regularly through a successful local gallery yet, despite living near the sea, always felt a longing to return to Cornwall. In 2010 I managed just that and now, back living and working in the area I love, I paint as much as possible and value immensely any time I spend at the easel.
Quite simply, the outstanding beauty of the Cornish coast - what more could an artist really need? There are so many stunning places to visit in the local area, so many working harbours where I can spend hours sketching and taking photographs before going back to the studio to work on a composition. Take a look at my gallery and you will see that painting boats is a real passion of mine!
My ambition is to have my own studio overlooking the sea. To be forever inspired by its energy and beauty.
Subject matter has always determined which media I use - watercolours, gouache, acrylics, oils - each lend their own qualities to a painting. Recently, I have been hooked on the thick, malleable texture of oil. I love the atmospheric quality achievable with this medium - I can be much more expressive, pushing aside the constraints of my technical background.
My next project focuses on the fishing industry of the region, in this case the small boats that moor up on the pebbles at Cadgwith Cove on the Lizard Peninsula.
Growing up a stone's throw from the fishing port of Newlyn, fishing has always been part of my life yet for those who brave the seas for their livelihood, many 'following in their father's footsteps', fishing is so much more than just a job, it is the life and soul of the community.
Hopefully I can capture that spirit and sense of community in this painting.
Like Their Fathers And Their Fathers Before Them
750mm x 750mm
Work In Progress
Recently completed painting celebrating retirement after a long career in the Coastguard Service.
''I am always available for commissions. If there is a special place you love to visit, a view that never disappoints, or you have a much loved family pet and a painting would make a great gift, call or send me a message and you'd have taken your first step to commissioning your very own bespoke piece of artwork''.
At the Stable Yard Gallery, Trelowarren Estate on the Lizard Peninsula
The Lizard Art Co-operative, Spring Art Fair Exhibition,
25th March - 15th April 2018