I originally began my life as an artist when I was at school. Taking extra lessons in the early evenings as well as going to College. Unfortunately because of family pressure I was sent to work in the local shipyard. I eventually escaped by joining up spending the next ten years in the airforce. I still drew in those days. Mainly using pastels as they were easy to store and give pretty good colour.
After leaving the airforce I went contracting for a number of years, where artwork became more of a hobby or pastime. As I really didn’t get enough spare time to devote to it. I was eventually made redundant in the early 90’s where I decided to spend more time with my art. Eventually deciding to become more formal by attending art school. I went right back to basics doing an Intermediate course (GNVQ) in art and design following that up with the advanced course. My original idea was to get into Graphic Design or maybe animation. As I was already building a system at home to do this. Though I didn’t have the funds necessary to build an animation studio. At this point in time I started to do an HND in Art & Design where the Tutor for the course was a Fine Artist (Tim Appleby). Tim convinced me that I should move away from design and animation towards Fine Arts. Following Tim’s advice I concentrated my work around Fine Art.
I Finished this by gaining an Honours Degree in Fine Art at UCLAN. I also managed to complete a Millennium Awards Project at the same time which culminated in Exhibitions at the Tate Modern in London and the Lowry is Salford.
Since then I have been based at St Matthews Community Halls in my home town of Barrow in Furness as the Artist in Residence. I have had numerous Exhibitions since then with the Chromazone artists collective. Though I have not had my first solo Exhibition as yet.
My work was originally based around Arts in Health, stemming from the work I did for the Millennium Awards. Though there doesn’t appear to be much call for this. So of late I am really exploring different mediums, styles and techniques as a way of finding my slot in the market. So at this moment in time I don’t know where I’m going with my art. From one point of view, its very exciting. What great adventure awaits me tomorrow. But on the other hand, what awaits me when I can’t pay the bills…