I am 74 years old, married for 51 years to Patricia with one daughter Sarah who is also artistic. Have had no formal training even though I from quite young have always sketched, then in my teens started painting. Have relied on photographs for my material and copied a wide range of subjects from portraits, animals, landscapes, still life even reproducing copies of paintings by Toulouse Lautrec. Renoir, Turner as well as cartoon and caricature characters. Had a picture entered by my primary school into a Town Hall Exhibition when I was a pupil and in my teens and early twenties painted commissions for family/friends and work colleagues. Most of them told me that I should be doing that for a living even though they didn’t provide me with the means to do so from the payment for their commissions. My artwork has since then suffered due to a mixture of career, family life and other interests and I have only given it more time since finally retiring only relatively recently. I am hoping to make up for lost time and would still like to make a small mark in the Art community.
I live in Knaresborough, North Yorkshire, and love to paint in my spare time. I loved sketching as a child but did not start painting until around 2008 when I joined a local botanical painting group. It was there that I learned basics such as composition and tone and where I was inspired to continue creating artwork. I started with painting flowers but now I paint what interests me using my own photographic reference from trips out and about around Yorkshire. My artwork is expressive and colourful, I am very hands on, often applying or spreading paint with my fingers and I love the sticking and gluing of different materials in my mixed media work. I am a member of 2 local art clubs and I exhibit and sell my paintings at their art exhibitions and also at other open local art exhibitions.
I like to print on paper and fabric, I like to experiment and see what happens, I like drawing – particularly flowers, and particularly wild ones as I have done that since I was a kid and their essence is part of my connection to the natural world. I like to focus on things for long periods, interests which that get me hooked. Like a tree I know, or a plant species or a sweep in the road. I etch, mono print, screen print, and often combine the techniques to achieve more depth. I print cushions and embroider them to relax and enjoy the timelessness of a sewing needle’s rhythm. And I make things out of bits of old, reclaimed things as I am a collector by nature. Proud to be eclectic.
Artist Educator (MA Creative Practice) with an interest in the beneficial effects of art-making and time spent outdoors.
In my art I am highlighting issues about the environment and single use products as I turn things discarded by others into a medium for expression. For me the starting point of this whole process is to collect and organise into a manageable form all the many pieces of recycled materials I work with. I enjoy creating order out of disorder! Over recent years I have mainly worked with scratch cards but will also consider other materials. Old tickets, leaflets, product packaging and fabrics can be recycled into commissioned art pieces. The art I create has all been made from recycled items – from the canvases I buy second-hand to the materials I use to collage onto the canvases. The sorting, tearing, cutting and hole-punching of scratch cards provides my colour palette. It could be termed Environmental Art. If what I can do will encourage and inspire people to re-use and recycle, then hopefully we can look forward to a more environmentally-friendly future. I am pleased that recently I have been asked to become an ambassador for the Tree Council, London. They like my form of art and understand that I have strong views about the environment.
Much of my work is mixed media. I enjoy combining materials and exploiting the ‘happy accidents’ that occur when experimenting with different techniques. During lockdown I have been mainly working in abstraction using bright colours as an antidote to the sadness and anxiety that has pervaded the past 18 months