I have been drawing and painting all my life and being a simple sort of guy I have never lost my love of trying to capture the world around us.
Over the past 28 years I have forged a successful career in the world of 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 very much enjoy this work, particularly the designing and illustrating of Postage Stamps and First Day Covers, which I have produced for the last 18 years working on a range of subjects, in different styles.
However, I have also been 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 location. I love the wilder parts of the United Kingdom from as far apart as the Isles of Scilly to the Orkney Isles.
Further inspiration is my love of traditional boats and these dovetail together to produce some evocative images.
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 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 (at which point I started jumping around trying to warm myself up!) 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 sketch as the mood takes me and how I feel with the subject. Using pencil, pen & ink, charcoal, watercolour and oil paints. Many of my sketches are of coastal scenes from around the South West, but can also be a supermarket car park or building site. Depending if the subject grabs me or the ‘light’ is just right. Some of these sketches remain as captured moments, whereas others become the forerunners of a more ‘finished’ paintings. Though the spontaneity of the original sketch is often hard to capture.
I have been asked by several people about buying my sketches, so I have decided to offer some for sale. So please ask, unless they are marked ‘not for sale’ or ‘sold’.
A5 (‘ish) sketches are £45 + P&P. Each comes mounted ready for framing and will fit into a standard 10x12 inch frame.
A4 (‘ish) sketches are £55 + P&P and again each comes mounted ready for framing.
If the original sketch is any different to the above I’ll let you know.
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