As a child all my pocket money went on buying art materials. At school every project, regardless of the subject, was manipulated to enable me to draw a diagram, paint a picture or make something out of a squeeze bottle.
I left school with an unimpressive collection of qualifications and a desire to do ‘something’ with my artistic skills. Thanks to an insightful careers officer I was pointed in the direction of Art School.
After leaving Liverpool Art School in 1980, with a first Class Hons in Graphic Design, I went to London and got a job with the advertising agency J Walter Thompson. For the next three decades I created campaigns, in all media, for famous household names like Polo, Yorkie, Jaguar cars, Benson and Hedges and Barclays.
The increasingly digitalisation of ‘commercial’ art is something I don’t naturally engage with. Possibly, as a reaction to this, in 2007 I re-ignited my childhood love of painting and drawing.
I still pay the rent using my talents to sell other peoples’ products and services. However, increasingly I find satisfaction in self-expression working in a number of styles and media from my studio in West Street Lofts, an 18th Century sail-makers warehouse in Shoreham (Sussex) where I live.
The use of line features heavily in my work. This is probably due to the early influences from the illustrations in my favourite children’s books: Tin Tin, Rupert Bear, Dr Suiss, Ferdinand the Bull (Robert Lawson), Heath Robinson and Arthur Rackham.
The painters that influence me today are: Christopher Nevinson, Mark Gertler, Stanley Spencer, Paul Nash and the Italian Futurists.
I’ve had work exhibited in the V&A, hung on the walls of No.10 Downing Street, made the shortlisted for both the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, and the NOA National Open Art competition and exhibited at ARTROOMS Art Fair 2017.