After a lifetime of creating images with a camera I have moved to the easel to create new pictures with pastel, charcoal and paint.
I studied Graphic design at Hornsey College of Art in the late sixties but found my creative voice through photography and spent the last twenty years specialising in actors headshots. I like to think I helped in some small way to further the careers of people like Michael Sheen, Rob Brydon, Sylvia Syms, Geri Halliwell, Rufus Sewell, Imelda Staunton, Julia Sawahla, Stephen Graham and Joanna Page to name but a few.
Since picking up the paintbrush again I have exhibited regularly with Barnet Guild of Artists and Hertford Art Society. I have also exhibited with Courtyard Arts and even had a painting hung at the Royal Academy when I reached the final 12 in BBC's One Show Art competition. In 2015 I took part in Pintar Rapido where artists create a painting in a day and exhibit at Chelsea Town Hall. I was delighted when my oil of Sloane Square sold in the first hour!
I had my first "One man Show" at The Coffee Seeker Cafe in Finchley in 2016 and another in November 2018!
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Click on a picture to view a larger version, then scroll through by clicking either side of the picture. The price and a full description will appear below the image detailing: materials, surface and dimensions (without frame).
I can email you a photo of the framed picture if required. Pictures can be posted (at the purchaser's risk) or collected from the studio by arrangement.
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To be seen to best advantage, I believe a painting should have a frame designed specifically for its character, colour and intended location! I am able to mount and/or frame work to suit your requirements but am happy for clients to source their own framer if preferred.
Above is an example of the type of hand painted, solid wood, bespoke frame I can provide. Prices from around £50.00
I welcome commissions and will give a candid assessment not only of cost but also my ability to fulfil your requirements. I am happy to work from live subjects and/or photographs and again will advise honestly as to the best approach. I reserve the right to refuse a commission if I'm unhappy with the concept.
I began to rediscover my artistic aspirations a few years ago and am building on my understanding of light, composition and people to produce portraits, life studies and occasionally landscape.
My affection for black and white images now finds expression through charcoal and pencil and my love of drawing has led me to pastel for most of my work in colour. I look forward to further exploring the mediums of oils and watercolour.
I love faces and relish the opportunity to have a live sitter with all the challenges it presents in terms of getting a likeness while at the same time allowing my subject to retain the use of their legs! I find a combination of the live sitting and photographs produces the best results. I will however work entirely from photographs when a live sitting is not possible.
Like countless artists before me I also love the female figure both clothed and nude and find endless inspiration in the beauty it presents. I have recently discovered a fascination with the Ballet; again not exactly original but, to me, a subject of inexhaustible possibilities.
I live and work mostly in Barnet Hertfordshire with my wife Jill and we have two daughters. We spend a month or two a year at our house in Crete so expect to see some sun drenched pictures to appear in the gallery from time to time.
You can contact me by phone on
0745 0715 445