Having been born by the sea on the south coast of England (Brighton) it is maybe of no surprise that I have a love of painting the sea. Although for work, I moved to central England which is about as far away from the sea as you can get. Therefore, whenever we can my wife and myself visit the coast and the sea, in particular the Northumberland coastline.
I am now semi-retired, which gives me more opportunity to spend time drawing and painting. Although, having had four sons we now have three grandsons and two granddaughters.
Like most people I took art at school, which was mainly drawing. Whereas, nearly 25 years ago I took up oil painting. Like many who take up art after leaving school I am mainly self taught, attending some art classes on watercolour before settling on painting in oils. I have now changed from using traditional oil paints to using water mixable oil paints. I use a mixture of Royal Talens (Cobra) and Winsor & Newton Artisan paints. These are great as you can use water and soap to clean your brushes, etc.
I am a member of the Society for All Artists (www.saa.co.uk) and the Derby sketching club (www.derbysketchingclub.co.uk).
I have painted many different subjects but I have always had a love of the sea. I decided to concentrate on painting seascapes, in particular waves after undertaking a painting workshop with the artist Roy Lang and studying the work of the late E J Robinson.
As a Christian, I find inspiration in God’s Creation and so my paintings on the following pages are my attempt at capturing the amazing patterns and beauty that the sea constantly provides.
I have now returned to drawing – in particular portraits, which I undertake at the Derby sketching club sessions. In addition, I am exploring abstract type paintings / drawings, some of which are on the following pages.