About

This is my self portrait.

It was fun to paint and I would love to help you paint something of your own.

 

Please contact me to find out how I can help you.

 

My journey:

I spent 30 years working in the creative sector as an owner manager and as a business psychologist. Five years ago I focused on my art and now spend my time painting and teaching and I love it.

Having an inquisitive nature and a scientific background I have been keen to understand the “science” behind painting. Due to this interest I have spent the last five years reading and studying with top artists and as a result gained a lot of knowledge. Reading “Traditional Oil Painting”, by Virgil Elliott, taught me a lot factual basics. But it was the time I spent with them that subsequently enabled me to learn the intangibles.

  • David Grey
  • Tina Garrett
  • Teresa Oxaca
  • Danny Ferland
  • Cesar Santos
  • Louis Smith

It was a pleasure to be able to ask these artists questions, probe their methodology and just watch them paint!

Mentors:

Every artists needs a mentor/teacher and my first mentor was Mike Skidmore. Subsequently I have been lucky enough to work with Tina Garrett an accomplished portrait artist based in America. Each taught me something different including composition, techniques and artistic poetry. I have tried to incorporate some of it into all that I do. Let me help you improve your techniques and paintings too.

My favourite artists include Bougereau, Sargent, Vermeer, Rembrandt, Degas and Monet but as each month goes by I discover another favourite! One of my favourite pass times is visiting art galleries and museums so that I can study the old masters. Equally modern high street art galleries promote contemporary artists which are always worth viewing.

Collectors and Buyers:

I paint eclectically not wishing to focus on only one subject or genre. Consequently I paint landscapes, wild life, still life and portraits (the latter is my favourite). Please take a look in my shop and see if there is something there to your liking if not contact me and tell me what you are looking for and I will do my best to create it for you.

Students and Artists:

What do you like to paint, what is your passion, what are the areas that you would like to improve?  One of my goals is to help you gain confidence in your drawing and painting and to pass on some of the knowledge that I have learnt. As a result of this I love to teach both on a one-to-one basis and in groups. Do email me for a list of current options, dates and prices.

Julian Lewis (one of my models) and I enjoy organising “fun” workshops for birthday parties and hen nights. You will be pleasantly surprised at the quality of work produced by your party guests. Julian is an amazing male life model who creates very dynamic and dramatic poses.

My Blogs:

Whenever I can I try to incorporate new knowledge into my paintings. My blogs try to summarise this knowledge too. It’s my honest belief that I will never cease learning and neither will you! Furthermore I also learn as much from my students as they do from me. Yes – I regularly blog but not too often (I promise) and run online auctions in order to sell my paintings. If you sign up for my blog I will send you a free Summary of “How to kick start your oil painting adventure”. I will also let you know when the next auction is due to happen.

Remember if you can’t see what you want just email or phone me and I will do my best to help you. See contact page.