With a painting from the Marine portfolio
Painting now with oil on canvas, I spent eighteen months honing these new skills. In Dubai, I had been fascinated by the amazing, distorted images reflected in the mirrored glass of the many buildings/towers springing up out of the desert, capturing many with my camera. When accurately transferred to canvas, these distorted ‘puzzle’ depictions (- which the eye never seems to tire of trying to resolve), create juxtaposition between reality and image, resembling abstracts, they are very much accurate/realist portrayals.
Illustrating people had always figured in my advertising work, and I was now free to explore serious portraiture. Getting to know a subject, and capturing the often brief, ‘recognisable expression’, which others also recognise, has always been my objective. Based in Sydney, I was a (Committee) Member of Portrait Artists Australia, virtually from its start in 2002.
My Merseyside background, with my inherited love of ships and the sea found my Maritime work chosen and exhibited several years running by the Royal Society of Marine Artists at their Annual Exhibitions - at The Mall Galleries, in London.
Living, travelled and exhibiting in many countries has offered me a wide range of subject opportunities. Whilst still fascinated by any reflection, I still like to use my skills to paint realistically, but now introducing a little whimsy or surrealism into my work.
Portraiture has given me the opportunity to meet Prime Ministers/Politicians, Scientists, Judiciary, Sportsmen, Aboriginals etc. and now being Queensland based I travel and exhibit less overseas. If you would like a portrait, then I would welcome your commission to produce a work to become a treasured family heirloom - for generations to come.
I look forward to hearing from you.
1998 Solo Exhibition, ‘Intercontinental Hotel’, DUBAI, UAE.
2000 Solo Exhibition, ‘QV1 Centre’, PERTH, WA.
2001 Exhibition, Woolf Gallery, LONDON.
2001-5 Selected works Exhibited - Annual Exhibitions - The Royal Society of Marine Artists, ‘The Mall Gallery’, LONDON.
2002 Exhibition (Artist-in Residence) St Thomas, VIRGIN ISLANDS.
2003 Exhibition, ‘Unilever-Faberge’, Port Sunlight, UK.
2004 Portrait Commissions, LONDON.
2005 Exhibition, ‘View Gallery’, LONDON.
2006-7 Portrait Commissions, SYDNEY, NSW.
2008 Solo Exhibition, ‘Cominos Gallery’, CAIRNS, QLD.
2009 Exhibition ‘Reflections’ (with Ken Done) Zhengzhou, CHINA.
2010 Solo Exhibition, ‘Pace Gallery’, Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA.
2011 Exhibition, ‘ION Centre’, SINGAPORE.
2012 Solo Exhibition, ‘Koi Kemang’, Jakarta, INDONESIA.
2013-5 Commissions with Extensive Overseas Travel.
2015-7 Portrait Commissions, SYDNEY.
Exhibition, ION Gallery, Singapore, 2011 Courtesy Pace Gallery, Kuala Lumpur