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About Me

BIOGRAPHY
 
Artistic talent ran in my family though I was the first to develop my interest and skills and paint professionally. I cannot recall my exact age when I started to draw and paint though I was very young and remember asking for sets of paints as birthday presents. At school I frequently came top in art demonstrating talent from a very early age. My ambition was that one day I would become a professional artist. When I left school I went into estate agency where I develop commercial skills which also helped me in the art world. I continued to paint in every spare moment practicing and perfecting until after many years my first major breakthrough came when I began to paint still life and this enabled me to turn professional in 1996. Since turning professional I have developed my portfolio into other genres including landscapes, animals, wildlife etc. Throughout the following years I won several awards and had work accepted for exhibition by leading art organizations.
My realism paintings demonstrate timeless quality and appeal. They are not minimalist nor are they over composed. I prefer a fusion of classical and contemporary influences. This has been achieved by lengthy research and the study of methods used over the centuries as well as the most cutting edge. For example I use the ancient Euclidean compositional rules. However my palette and colour mixing I prefer a modern method using mostly spectral pigments. This creates order in the composition and great light and luminosity in the subject.
I also attach great significance to the demonstration of the skills appreciated by the discerning collector. My paintings are detailed and realistic but never overworked. Elements which detract from the viewers experience are excluded or reduced and aspects which require increased significance are exaggerated. This is all part of my style and has been developed over many years.

Most artists ally themselves to a particular group of like-minded painters and I belong to the "Classical Realism" school. The movement places great emphasis on the development of true artistic skill and the creation of paintings of great beauty. My work hangs in private collections in the UK, USA and Australia.

 
EXHIBITIONS 
 
2004 Daily Mail "Not The Turner Prize"
 
2006 National Exhibition Wildlife Art
 
2006 "Wildart Expo" Bonhams Chester 
 
2006 Wildlife Art Society International 
 
2007 National Exhibition Wildlife Art
 
2007 Wildlife Art Society International 
 
2007 Royal West of England Academy
 
2007 Royal Birmingham Society of Artists
 
2009 Grosvenor Open Art Exhibition, Grosvenor Museum Chester
 
2009 National Exhibition Wildlife Art
 
2011 National Exhibition Wildlife Art
 
2013 Grosvenor Open Art Exhibition, Grosvenor Museum Chester 

AWARDS 
 
2004 Daily Mail "Not The Turner Prize" Short listed.
 
2006 "Wildart Expo" Bonhams Chester awarded a "commended" and a "highly commended".
 
2007 Wildlife Art Society International Bronze Medal Winner 

MAGAZINE FEATURES
 
1998 (April) Lancashire Life Magazine published a four page feature.
 
2000 (February) International Artist Magazine feature in the "Master Painters of the World" Showcase. 
 
2012 (August) Countryman magazine published a feature 
 
2015 (May) Lancashire Life Magazine "Artist of the Month"
 
2016 (Spring) A feature in "This England" magazine.
 
 

NOTABLE COMMISSIONS
  
2010 Commissioned by St Helens RLFC. At the end of the 2010 season and after 120 years at Knowsley Road "Saints" played their last game at the historic ground and moved to a brand new stadium. As a tribute and to provide a lasting memory I was commissioned by the club to paint a portrait of the Knowsley Road ground which was reproduced as fine art prints for fans and supporters of "Saints".

NOTABLE ASSOCIATIONS
 
2014 PPT Art LUISS Business School Rome. I as invited to become a listed artist. PPT Art provides fine art globally for private and corporate clients.
 
ART FAIRS
 
2016 Chester Arts Fair
2017 Chester Arts Fair
 
 
 
 




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