I live and work in Newcastle upon Tyne and was born at Ryton-upon-Tyne. I am a self taught artist.My view of any kind of art is that it should leave an impression, whether it is good or bad, it is up to the individual. I mainly paint with acrylics, pastels, watercolours, mixed media, occasionally oils and ink plus sometimes glass paint on sheet glass. I also produce artistic photographs, generally these are abstracts, as are my small sculptural pieces. I am also a musician (another art form). My main artistic influences are Van Gogh, Matisse, the Fauvists such as Derain and Vlaminck, French and Nordic Impressionists namely Monet, Cezanne, Munch and Helmer Osslund, Kai Fjell and Thorvald Erichsen plus Nolde, Klimpt, Kellela,Hokusai and Hundertwasser have also influenced my work. I occasionally produce a a humorous magazine called Templi, and a literary and arts magagzine entitled Artyne.