I have been painting for about 30 years now and what began innocently enough as a challenging but interesting hobby has in recent years somehow got out of hand. I cannot complain; I simply love to paint!
I spent my childhood on the Atlantic coast and the love of coastal scenes has never left me. The interaction of light on water, in different seasons, weather conditions and times of day, holds a particular fascination for me and is a recurring feature of my work.
I mainly paint coastal scenes, river scenes, and landscapes, using acrylics. Whenever possible I paint "en plein air" and set up my easel in front of the scene I want to paint, although for larger pieces I of course have to work in the studio.
I paint commissions on similar themes, normally based on photographs of someone's favourite or personally special view.
I have had a cottage (and second studio) on the Isles of Scilly since 1990. I also paint whenever I go overseas, with annual visits to my beloved Greek islands.
My wife trains working retrievers and so I have developed a separate activity doing commissioned paintings of working retrievers and spaniels, usually based on photographs taken in the field.
Recently I have started to do demonstrations and workshops for regional Art Societies as well as one day "Learn to Paint in Acrylics" painting courses at my home in the Chilterns.
I was elected a member of The Buckinghamshire Art Society in1998 and was Chairman of that Society from 2003 to 2005.
I have exhibited widely in Buckinghamshire and surrounding counties as well as in the Isles of Scilly and Cornwall. Today my work is to be found in private collections in continental Europe, North America, and Australia.