About Me

I am a simple sort of guy and have never lost my love of painting and drawing. The world around us, a moment in time or a person, I have never tired of trying to capture and express them as best I can.

Over the past 25 years I have forged a successful career in art. Graduating with distinction from Falmouth College of Art and Design in 1990. I was never in any doubt about my career choice, I was going to paint! Initially this was in the field of illustration. I still enjoy a degree of this work, particularly the designing & illustrating of Postage Stamps, which I have produced for the last 17 years working on a range of subjects & in different styles.

However, I am now largely concentrating on developing my paintings. The South West of England and the sea remain my main inspiration. I paint and draw as often as possible on locations from as far apart as the Isles of Scilly to the Orkney Isles. Further inspiration is my love of traditional working boats and these dovetail together to produce some evocative images. My paintings reflect the wild and romantic elements of the world around us, rich in colour and imagery.

I have exhibited in both solo and joint exhibitions throughout the country and undertaken many private commissions.

If you would like to commission me please send me an email with your enquiry and I’ll get back to you with timings and a price.

Sketching Blog

I love sketching and painting the world around us, which I have always done from childhood. Using pencil, pen & ink, charcoal, oil pastels, but mostly painting in watercolour and oil. Many of my sketches and paintings are of coastal scenes around the South West, but can also be a supermarket car park or a building site. Many of these sketches remain as delightful scenes and captured moments of life. Others become the forerunners of an oil or watercolour painting in the weeks – or even years – to come and are destined for my solo exhibitions.

I sketch whenever I have a few spare moments, wherever I am. I first started sketching with the art class at school and it is something that I have always, since kept up. I lose myself in time whilst sketching and in the winter I don’t notice the cold creeping in to my hands and me, until I’ve finished concentrating. It also makes me study and really look at the world around me, which embeds the subject into my brain. I always enjoy it, though it’s sometimes frustrating, but one things for sure I can’t stop – as my pile of sketch books testifies!

I have been asked by several people about buying my sketches, so I have decided to offer some for sale. So unless they are marked ‘not for sale’ or ‘sold’, each A5 sketch is priced at £45 + P&P. The sketches are roughly A5 (unless otherwise stated), each comes mounted ready for framing (overall mount size 12x10 inches – standard frame size).

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