I first began painting as a hobby more than 20 years ago, whilst working as an electrician.
I took inspiration from the works of David Hockney and John Piper and experimented with different mediums, from watercolours and gouache, before finally settling with bright, bold acrylic. I love the intensity of colour the acrylic gives, often building up 4 to 5 layers of paint to achieve the depth of colour I like. In 1994, I became a full-time artist and began working from home.
I used to live on St George’s Quay in Lancaster and whilst painting one evening, a hot air balloon came floating down the river. I took a photograph and decided to use it in one of my pictures. Over the years, hot air balloons have become a constant in my work and people are often disappointed if I do not put any in a picture.
I continue to be inspired by the people, architecture and landscape of Lancaster, Morecambe and the surrounding area. I also have a passion for the sea and for boats. I love travelling to Devon or Cornwall, watching the fishing boats and visiting beautiful harbour towns such as Dartmouth, Dittisham, Salcolmbe, Coverack Cove and Porthleven.
I am represented by galleries locally and also in Devon and am fortunate to have collectors from New York to New Zealand!