As a young man art was my passion. However, the demands of married life re-focussed my priorities on having a reliable job, earning a steady income and raising a family. Now with two, grown up children (and five grandchildren) and having retired I have returned to my first love – art and painting.
I studied art in my early years but since then am largely self-taught.
What inspires me? In truth whatever strikes me at any given moment. I enjoy woodland, fell and moorland walks and these provide a wealth of inspiration for my painting. I am fascinated by nature. Having the time to stop, look and fully appreciate all the wonders of nature –the wildlife, trees and flowers and the interaction of colours and light – is for me a remarkable gift. I hope that I capture some of this feeling in my work.
I also like to travel and am lucky to enough to have family in Italy and Australia both beautiful countries full of artistic inspiration – some of the most spectacular sunsets, landscapes and seascapes you will see anywhere in the world.
Environmental and homelessness issues are also important to me and are the inspiration behind a few my paintings.
My favoured medium is acrylics on canvas.