Themes and subject matter in my work have often come from travel and places visited. More recently, London, its landmarks, people and crowds, has become my main focus where clusters of figures represent a common humanity.
To begin a painting is like starting out on a voyage of discovery. The further one goes, the more one finds to bring back. I want my paintings to convey a sense of hope and promise and to celebrate the richness and affirmation of life through individual figures relating to a community or group.
I like to work on canvas or board in oils and I may work on a painting over a long period before it feels right. Pictures are built up methodically and the composition is usually completed on a carefully prepared white surface.
1952 Born Salford, England
1971-74 North Staffs Polytechnic, BA Hons Fine Art
1974-75 Chelsea School of Art, MA Painting
1975-76 London University Institute of Education
Lives and works in London.
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