I was born in Chelmsford where much of my schooling took place. By profession I was a Chartered Surveyor but since retiring am able to spend more time drawing & painting than hitherto. I have been painting in watercolour and exhibiting for the last 48 years.
My pictures have featured in two books dealing with painting in watercolours & art techniques. They have been & hung and sold in various exhibitions including:
- Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours Annual Exhibitions
- Britain in Watercolours at The Mall Galleries
- T]he Bedford Park Summer Annual Exhibitions
- Father & Daughter exhibition at the Kingston Episcopal Office
- The Christmas Exhibition 2008 at St Julian's, Sevenoaks
- One man Spring Exhibition 2009 at the Ripley Arts Centre, Bromley, Kent
- The Summer Exhibition 2009 at St Julian's, Sevenoaks
- Ab Fab Affordable Art Fair at Whitstable 2010
- The September Art Exhibition, Wadhurst 2010
- West Lindsey Open Churches Festival at All Saints, Wragby Church 2011 & 2012
- The Ferens Art Gallery, Hull Open Exhibition 2013
- The Carre Gallery, Sleaford
- Two man Exhibition at the Park Gallery, Louth 2014
- Art on the Map 2015 exhibitions in Lincoln & Stamford
- Lincoln Cathedral Chapter House 2016
- Gunby Hall exhibitions with Art on the Map 2017 & 2018
Most of my inspiration has been gathered from travelling throughout Great Britain and France. Subjects are often landscape, architectural & topographical subjects with details creeping in from time to time. Pictures mostly reflect the atmosphere of place & are often culled from some 100 sketchbooks accumulated over the last 46 years.
Although I have lived and worked in Bedfordshire, Surrey & Kent I am currently living in Lincolnshire where The Wolds
& the undulating Lincolnshire countryside has inspired watercolours that can be seen in the GALLERY
. My wife and I have now moved from Wragby to the southern part of Lincolnshire, Sutton St Edmund, in the Fens, near the Cambridgeshire border where I am delighting in the huge skies.
I tend to use a somewhat restricted colour palette & work predominantly on rough watercolour paper. I am often more interested in the atmosphere of a place than the precise detail & particularly enjoy laying dark toned washes. Nowadays I find great satisfaction in mixing colours that don't just relate to the desired colour but also accommodate the technical properties of the selected pigments.
I have been influenced over the years by individual watercolourists both past & present and in particular by :
- Richard Parkes Bonnington
- Joseph Mallord William Turner
- John Sell Cotman
- Edward Seago
- Rowland Hilder
- G. John Blockley
- Trevor Chamberlain
- Mike Chaplin
- Leslie Worth
Without doubt the greatest influence and encouragement came from my one-time tutor John Blockley RI whose untimely death I continue to lament.
I am married to Margaret & we have a married daughter, Sarah, who trained as a graphic designer and now lives in the Fens. Margaret and I are committed Christians and have been pleased to be welcomed into the local group of churches.