As the son of an amateur artist I became familiar from a very early age with the strange smell of linseed oil and turpentine. I attended classes at a School of Art from the age of 10, when my involvement in both studying figurative movement and playing sports combined – for if not playing football or cricket every daylight hour I was sketching some athletic action or other – then inevitably found myself subsequently painting much more than playing.
I still remember the earliest vivid experiences were of being moved by the paintings of the fauvists & impressionists. This set a strong mental reference to which I still aspire . Working in oils and acrylics, my application has developed over 35 years or so by mostly being more concerned with the loose block-building application of positive colours rather than clinical line and detailed illustrative precision. Feeling much like an indentured apprentice I am still ploughing on – It has proved a steep learning curve attempting to impact an emotion in this way … I call it trying to catch the ‘colour of movement’.
Although I am probably best known in the UK as a sports artist I also paint many other subjects, especially wildlife and music icons and have a website of portrait paintings and prints dedicated to Bob Dylan – www.dylanart.com