His smile lights up the coast
Waves striking umber rocks
Friends who left this shore
He climbs to his zenith
More than an ancient king could do
Frothy surf rolls over naked feet
I was born in Hackney in East London, moving on to Leytonstone in the early 1960’s where I spent the rest of my childhood years. My art education started in 1973 when I studied photography at Thomas Hood School, London. I achieved a diploma in the history of art in 2008 from the London Art College.
My painting career took a little longer to get going and only begun in the middle 1990’s when I watched an Alwyn Crawshaw television programme. Alwyn was painting a watercolour of Haytor rocks on Dartmoor, his catchphrase being: ”Have a go, it’s easier than you think.” So I did and quickly found out it wasn’t.
I work in Oils, Acrylic, pen and wash and Collage and continue to learn all the time. Some of my early work still makes me cringe when I look back on it. I have attended art classes and have learnt from books and DVD’s by various artists including David Bellamy, Alwyn Crawshaw, Geoff Kersey, (the late Martin Goode, and Ian Cooper), Roo Sangster-Bullers and Heather Brown. I enjoy painting everything from animals, buildings, boats, seascapes, landscapes, cityscapes and writing poetry about my paintings. My passion will always be for painting water and boats.
I joined the HAS in order to make friends, learn and be inspired, and I haven’t been disappointed.
I have a long list of artists I admire from those I have already mentioned as well as Caravaggio, Turner and everyone who’s work I see in exhibitions from the local church hall to the Royal Academy; artists who continue to teach and inspire me.