My journey into art initially started out as some what of a staggered one, as a youngster I trained as an apprentice panel beater whilst juggling evening courses in art and design shortly followed by a one year diploma in design at Jacob Kramer. By the time id completed these my enthusiasm for Art soon superseded anything truly academic and after completing a fine art degree through Leeds university I was completely hooked on applying paint to canvas.(As unpopular as it was back then)
When asked to explain my work: "What type of artist are you?" I find the simplest way to describe myself is "a painter." I've had many a conversation with fellow artists that slowly but surely have developed a comfort in there technique but for me its ever changing process driven by a conflict between my obsession with detail and the desire to demonstrate bold brush marks .Personally painting will always be at the root of what drives me creatively.
Hopper's 'Nighthawks' sparked my early interest in art. Damien Hirst's" Spot paintings persuaded me to try using a paintbrush. Durer, Vermeer and contemporary painters such as Clive Head, David Hockney and Richard Estes all played their part in influencing me.
The narratives behind my artwork are often sparked by simple day to day observations or by casual conversations that people kindly choose to share with me. Second to this, but perhaps more obviously, is my fascination with reinterpreting the patinated imperfect beauty of overlooked places or forgotten objects that seem forsaken by time!