"To send light into the darkness of men's hearts - such is the duty of the artist" Robert Schumann
"Art is not what you see, but what you make others see" Edgar Degas
Having come from a family of artists I mostly self taught myself. i did 3 years academically specialising in Fine Art/ painting at what is now Hallam University/ Institute of Arts (Sheffield Polytechnic as was).
Having moved to London 16 years ago I have since had several exhibitions first at the Upstairs@The Bear Gallery Camberwell, London with the collective "A Sense of Place". Along with artists Nadia Perrotta, Alex Morrell and Claudia Tate exploring the theme of our relationship and place with others and the world around us.
Further to this there was my first Solo Exhibition "A Moment in Time" at Le Sorrelle Arts Space, Canary Wharf London a venue used by Artists based also at the Saatchi Gallery London.
In this exhibition was the exploration of "Moments in Time" the people we encounter and places we've been, often all too fleeting captured and artificially suspended in paint and canvas.
Recently my work was exhibited for a short time at Artbreakers, West Malling, Kent.
The next Exhibition will be the Sea Re-Connection Exhibition a collective of 3 Artists exploring man's relationship with the Sea.
My work is invariably large scale 4ft by 4ft upwards to 6ft demanding the attention of the viewer. all works are in oil and acrylic or both.
Light plays a large part in my work as this pinpoints uniquely a place and time. Something pioneered and exploited by the french Impressionists, fixing that moment in time with paint on canvas as one writer put it
Art is long, and Time is fleeting. ~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow once said, my aim is to artificially suspend that moment in time in paint.
In addition to the landscapes and street scenes there are numerous portraits by request of friends and acquaintances. The portrait being a medium not simply to catch the likeness but more so what lies underneath the real them.
I hope you enjoy what you see