Much of my formative years were spent in Exeter. My father was an architect with the local authority designing schools in Devon.
When I was six years old I had a painting that did well in a competition organised by The Daily Telegraph. Along with others it was exhibited at the Guildhall in London and then a number of other cities around the UK.
I have always enjoyed drawing and painting and won the O-level art prize at my secondary school. I also had a picture feature on the local BBC news when our school art club produced an exhibition totally in black and white.
Thereafter however I followed an academic pathway graduating in Psychology from Reading University, before pursuing a career in social work and then Family Therapy. I gained a Masters degree from the Tavistock Clinic, and then worked for Social Services and the NHS, largely with children and families.
I have four children and four grandchildren and have lived in the Test Valley, Hampshire for nearly forty years.
I have always painted but the demands of work and family inevitably took precedence until I retired.
Sadly my wife died in 2014 from motor neurone disease.
My older paintings are largely oils, with some sketches in pastel and occasionally charcoal. Some years ago I also experimented with egg tempera. Many of these pictures are of family members.
When I retired I took up acrylics and also painted in watercolour combined with wax crayon and pen and ink.
Often it is water, the river Test or the sea that I find inspiring, together with the boats and buildings along the banks.
Gauguin, Van Gogh, Cezanne, Matisse, Picasso, together with the Fauves – Derain, Kandinsky and Vlaminck – are hugely inspirational models for me. Henri Lebasque I think is highly talented but not much known. But I also identify strongly with English greats such as Samuel Palmer, John Piper and Henry Moore.
In 2018 I gained a distinction on the Diploma Course in oil painting at the Norfolk Painting School.
I go to as many galleries as I can. The ‘Icons of Modern Art’ exhibition at the Louis Vuitton Foundation in Paris in 2017 was one of the best ever.
I am also very interested in sculpture and have made some figures which also feature on this website.