As you'll have seen, my passion is for painting the sea, the seaside and other nautical subjects. Since I was a child I have always enjoyed being at the British coast, with its unique, familiar and sometimes quirky sights, sounds and smells.
With a lot of my artworks I try and capture the nostalgia of family seaside holidays, and I also like to go beyond simply creating a pretty picture. I will often introduce an element or a narrative that adds a little intrigue or something unusual to the work. This might be a man-made feature, something atmospheric or sometimes people, just to take the painting beyond what a camera alone might capture.
I generally use acrylics on stretched canvas, and often adopt a dry brush technique in the closing stages of a piece to add a more 'sketchy' quality to certain areas or features (for example, clouds or spray). I have an ongoing series of canvasses and prints called 'Fred and Joan', that tell the story of an elderly couple's retirement to the coast, and how they spend their days reminiscing and enjoying the seaside. There are about 7 'Fred and Joans' so far with more to come!
By way of background, Ithe bulk of my career has been as a Graphic Designer, working with many big brands in agencies and in-house studios for the best part of 40 years. For the last seven years I have been self-employed, and this has created the opportunity to explore other creative opportunities and so spend more of my time sketching and painting - something I've always enjoyed since I was a boy.
I live in Lincolnshire, UK with my wife Rachel, our two sons and our dog Molly. I am constantly adding new works to this gallery and a number of other online outlets, but of course I am happy to discuss commissions or bespoke pieces - please see the contact page for more information. If you wish to view a work before purchasing this can also be arranged. Thank you for visiting!