A Life of Art
UK born (Liverpool), I have been an Australian citizen for over 40 years, and have always been ‘the artist’ - ever since a pencil was first put in my hand - aged about eighteen months!
My childhood was spent drawing and painting - particularly cars, ships and anything mechanical and seemed to amaze with my portrayal and accuracy.
After my ‘Dickensian’ education and Art College, ‘Commercial Art’ seemed to be the only way to earn a living, and so the Advertising World beckoned. As a versatile creative, I spent 30 very full years in the Advertising Business - in the UK, the Middle East and Australia, owning my own Agencies and venturing into the Film and TV Commercial World as a Writer/Producer. Living in Dubai, my 50th Birthday, was a milestone, and brought me an opportunity to become the full time artist - that I had always wanted to be.
There is a road from the eye to the heart which does not go through the intellect.
Whether in glass, water or metal, 'the Reflection', especially distorted, has always intrigued me and its creation of a puzzle which challenges the eye for a solution and interpretation.
Using truthful Realism, I like to introduce the viewer to ‘whimsey’ which needs their own interpretation or ‘take’ on the depiction.
With my childhood spent overlooking the Port of Liverpool, wherever I have travelled round the world my easel has never been too far from the sea.
I have a confession …. yes I love expressing nature and people on canvas …. but I have a weakness for interesting cars … 53 at last count!!
The ultimate test for any artist is the face and its moods and capturing a glimpse of that person’s single expression which satisfies and is recognised as the essence of their persona.
Cars and mechanical things fascinate me. My most prized possessions are my childhood Dinky Toys! No wonder then, that I love any opportunity to paint them!