Mainly self-taught in oil painting and one-time civil engineer I have, since 1993, been regularly exhibiting and selling my work in Wimbledon, where I live, and elsewhere.
As an engineer it had been important to be able to draw, particularly during the most creative period of my career when the concept and design of bridges was my speciality and their aesthetic appearance of special interest to me. When my career moved on from that period I found oil painting a most satisfying outlet for my creativity. When later I took an early retirement from my engineering career I was able to focus on developing my art.
For very many years I have been a regular visitor to my wife’s native country of France and for more than thirty five years we have lived in Wimbledon. France and Wimbledon never cease to provide me with fresh scenes to paint, although far from exclusively.
From 1995 until 2015 I was the principal organiser of the successful Worple Group of Artists whose exhibitions are held every Spring and Autumn in Wimbledon (See www.worplegroup.co.uk). I have also exhibited at the Elliot Gallery in North Devon, the Bosham Walk Gallery in West Sussex and in the Gentle Gallery in Dorking where I have held a one-man exhibition. I have undertaken commissions to paint favourite scenes and in 2014 I completed a commission for two marine paintings to hang in the royal offices of the Sultan of Oman. One of my paintings was chosen for the front cover of Richard Milward's book 'Wimbledon, A Pictorial History'.
About my work:
I paint landscapes, seascapes townscapes and marine subjects aimed at capturing the mood, at different times and seasons, of scenes around my home and in places that I visit. As well as being a regular visitor to France and other Mediterranean countries I have been rediscovering the rich scenery of the British Isles. I always look for the effects of light, and of particular interest for me is the play of light on natural foliage and old masonry. Water fascinates me in its ability to add drama, tranquility or a sense of movement to a picture. I see my art as a constant search for more effective ways to depict for the viewer the beauty that I see in these subjects, and each painting as an opportunity to achieve that better than on the previous occasion. I am most at ease with oils which for me lend themselves best to experimentation.
A number of subject themes recur in my work and I have divided my Gallery accordingly.