Born in south London I grew up near Greenwich park with all its green space and ancient trees , overlooking the decaying and post industrial “docklands” area, in the 1950s.
I attended Croydon school of Art and Design in 1967 at seventeen years of age. I had always done art as a child and art school seemed the natural development . I did not learn much, found the teachers boring and rebelled against the establishment. (as most arty hippies were doing at the time) . With a lot of pressure from my parents to get a job and a haircut I became an art school dropout .
My time at Croydon did however ignite the spark to be a “painter” , other than just have an artistic incline.
I immigrated to Manitoba, Canada in 1975 with canadian born wife Sandi. (deceased 2000) . I recently remarried Elma and live in St.James Winnipeg.

The canadian landscape and the ‘Big sky “of the Manitoba prairies is a major influence for my work. It becomes a starting point for ideas.

I consider myself as an Abstract expressionist, colourist and experimental, At this stage of life I fall into the profile of self taught, virtually unknown as a painter , and living in my own small world , with a highly astute visual awareness struggling to continue to paint canvases and “be” artistic.

Other than painting , my interests include photography ,art history , design, film and great music and my new Nikon DSLR.

I learnt about photography at art school shooting Pentax SLR and working in the darkroom. However before that as small kids my brother and I made black and white contact prints from his Brownie box negatives under the bed at home, I was given the job of turning the electric light on and off just right to get the proper exposure.
Ive recently had my interest in photography re ignited since entering the digital world. The digital camera is the greatest of recording tools for the visual artist and has become very useful in supplying me with ideas for textures and surfaces to use in paintings. Having shot a lot of pictures through the years { you’ve done it all before } I often challenge myself , setting my self restricted subject criteria , to make me look closer and more carefully at the world, shooting only “doors and windows “ or “shadows” .
This has allowed me to stay motivated , I often look through the lens but dont take anything, just framing and seeing in my mind.

“ART is the one and only thing in my life that has been constant..whilst the rest of life is ever changing and never the same.”

Richard Webb

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  • Joined: April 2011
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