Work & Inspiration

Like most part time artists I tended to jump from subject to subject for painting material.  Trying various techniques and often painting materials.   However, I always gravitated back to oil paints.  I now use water mixable oils as these are the most convenient and still give the desired results of conventional oil paints.  I use Royal Talens (Cobra), Winsor & Newton Artisan paints and more recently have included some of the Holbein duo aqua oil paints.

I wasn’t at first sure what to paint but due to my love of the sea considered this would be a good challenge.  I had seen the work of the late American artist E John Robinson and acquired some of his books on painting seascapes in oils and watercolour.  I then went on a painting course with the British artist Roy Lang.   He demonstrated some interesting techniques for attempting to capture the sea and in particular waves.  He was a great encouragement to me to start to develop my own style.  The results of that journey are contained in these web pages.

As a Christian, I find inspiration from God’s creation when visiting various seaside locations, in particular the Northumberland coast.

My wife (Val) and myself love being by the sea, so I started to take photos of the sea, in especially waves.  In addition to taking photos of waves, I have taken video so that I could study the way waves form and break as they come over rocks and crash onto the beach. I find you can look at the sea for ages, as every time you look there is always a new shape or pattern to be observed.  The sea is fascinating, in fact water in general is a fascinating substance.  Some of the photos I have taken, which have inspired me are in the Photography pages of this web site.  These are just a few of the photos I have taken, one of the advantages of digital photography.

Attempting to paint the sea and waves is a different matter.  To catch the dynamic changing mood is quite difficult – hopefully my paintings attempt to portray something of the power and wonder of the sea and in particular waves.  Therefore, I am attempting to produce something a little different from those who have gone before.

A few years ago we visited a Picasso exhibition in Basel, Switzerland, which has influenced some of my other attempts at abstract painting.  In addition, the books by Rolina van Vliet, have been a helpful inspiration.

In December 2013 I was made redundant after more than 30 years working on power station refurbishment as a design engineer.  Therefore, I took early retirement, which has given me more time to develop my painting and drawing.  So since early 2014, I have been exploring portraiture and life drawing with Derby sketching club.  This has included some plein air painting trips.

For many years I have been a member of the SAA (A Community for All Artists).

More recently through our church I have been exploring prophetic art.  Examples can be found on my web site at www.prophecythroughart.co.uk and on Facebook at Devoted Art Group and Art Vision Forum.  The Facebook pages include works by other Christian prophetic artists.

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