ABOUT THE ARTIST.
I'm a Nottinghamshire born artist graduating with a first class B.A. Honours degree in fine art, B.A. Art History, Master of Education, Further Education Teaching Certificate, and studied Classical Realist Painting with the Scottsdale Artists' School, Arizona.
I like capturing body language to help create imaginative narratives that evoke feeling, curiosity, and invite reinterpretation. I have a passion for craftsmanship and study the Victorian painters, especially John Waterhouse, Frederic Leighton, James Guthrie, and Stanhope Forbes, and techniques used by later painters such as William Coldstream and Euan Uglow.
Creating a sense of aesthetic energy is more important to me than acheiving exactitude. It's challenges regarding observation, controlling mistakes, commitment to lifelong learning, and with things that really cannot be taught, that I enjoy.
Virgil Elliot, (2007) Traditional Oil Painting, says, "the essence of this study cannot be taught adequately but only learned by individuals possesing all the right mental equipment necessary to grasp it, along with the obsession and dedication to study it until it is mastered. It is an area that cannot be conveyed in books or college courses. One must observe and gain insight to convey whatever you wish to convey by means of body language in your subjects."
Most of my work is inspired from seeing Breton dance troops preparing to perform at dance festivals in Brittany and also looking at people in public places.
I'm an elected member of the prestigious Royal Birmingham Society of Artists and winner of the RBSA first prize and GMC Trust award.
My work is supported by The Imagine Gallery, Long Melford, Suffolk, The RBSA, St Pauls, Birmingham, and Creative Coverage.